Still more from The Old Editor
Latest tweets. The Old Editor says:
Kid, there are two places you want to stay away from when you write: gritty streets and leafy suburbs.
If you have to ask me when’s your deadline, you’re already late.
If you cover cops, try not to write like a cop. You know, "ejected from the vehicle." Like that.
If the AP Stylebook told you to jump off a bridge, would you?
Thinking about a career as a journalist? Plan on drinking too much, marrying twice.
If we thought you needed a life, we would have issued you one.
Your schedule stinks? You're talking to someone who's worked Saturday nights for the past thirty years.
We're not putting out a seed catalogue here, you know.
You can try writing drunk, but you have to edit sober.
Anything in 72-point Bodoni bold will look true.
Nobody’s going to read a story that has “still” in the headline.
In AP style, write the numbers one through nine as words, not numerals, except when you don't.
Don’t keep the good liquor where the staff can get at it.