Yet still more from The Old Editor
More tweets collected for you.
The Old Editor says:
"Coveted" is as empty a piece of padding as "prestigious." Thou shalt not covet.
Stories to desk. Page One decisions made. Secret to improved copy flow: More national holidays.
You can’t fatten poor stock.
One of these days, I'm going to buy the newsroom a watch.
If you don't get it, don't use it.
Take care not to scorch the popcorn, and never heat up fish in the office microwave.
In interviews, always ask prospective employees whether they go in for home baking.
Journalistic ethics you should have learned by the second grade: Don't copy. Don't tell lies.
If [name] had written the Bible, you wouldn't be able to fit it in a boxcar. And it wouldn't be done yet.
If there's a word in the text you don't understand, and you let the text go, you haven't edited it.
Always honor the writer's intentions. If they can be discerned and make any sense.
RTFP. [Explanation for civilians: An exhortation to read one's own publication, with an intensive added]
Production of journalism, like the driving of mules, cannot be accomplished without swearing.
Unless you're still using an Underwood, it's one space after a period. One. Period.