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The role of ‘in’ vs. ‘on’ for a popular phrase

You don’t know the behalf of it

Did you know that there's a difference between acting "on behalf of" something and "in behalf of" something? Didn't think... More

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Capitalize this

What the upper case means for the folk phrase: “If the good Lord’s willing and the creek don’t rise”

If you read a historical document, like the Declaration of Independence, you'll notice the capitalization of lot of words we... More

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Getting to know a ‘monger’

The wares of this word are sometimes fish, and sometimes just smell

This week, many people may be worried about the "fear-mongering" around Ebola. Others may wonder which "rumor-mongering" politician to vote... More

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As long as the NCAA refuses to pay players, journalists need to cover it more critically

Why are major outlets devoting resources to investigate an organization with out-of-date rules?

University of Georgia running back Todd Gurley, once a Heisman Trophy frontrunner, was suspended by the NCAA for four games... More

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The history of ‘wrestle’

Getting to the root of the word

The football player "wrestled" the ball away from an opponent and scored a touchdown. Shareholders "wrestled" control of a company... More

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There are a lot of ways to misuse ‘hirsute’

Hairy vocabulary

We're going to make things a little "hairy" this week, in several senses of the word. "Hirsute" means "hairy," but... More

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How common descriptors fall out of favor

The ‘skunking’ of ‘Oriental’

Once upon a time, as far back as 40 years or so, language pedants would not use "hopefully" to mean... More

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We Need to Talk is part of the solution

A new CBS show is breaking barriers for women in sports media

To say that We Need To Talk, CBS Sports Network's new show with a cast of all women, picked a... More

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Sonic storytelling

Why filmmakers are tuning into experiences that we might otherwise ignore

In August, when documentary filmmakers Pacho Velez and Dan Claridge began shooting a film about a drag-racing track in upstate... More

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Why you use your ‘logon’ to ‘log on’

It’s all about the adverbs

Time to start work. So you "log on" to your computer, using your "logon" or "log-on," or your user name.... More

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Life as a ghostwriter

Hanging out with famous athletes isn’t always fun and games

Willie Mays' agent was on the phone. I was ghostwriting Willie's autobiography, even though we had never met. "Willie likes... More

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Beware journo-speak

Only journalists would call a tragedy a “mishap”

The public editor for The New York Times, Margaret Sullivan, wrote a wonderful piece last month about how word selection... More

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How OkCupid is bolstering data journalism

Digital companies discover patterns in usage

In the introduction of Dataclysm: Who We Are (When We Think No One is Looking), published last month, OkCupid co-founder... More

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Shakespeare didn’t say that

Lines that are (mis)attributed to the Bard

Hell hath no fury like a writer scorned, and, should Shakespeare be alive today, he might feel much scorn'd. People... More

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In all the goodbyes, media didn’t catch why Jeter will be missed

The shortstop had plenty of positive attention thanks to an absent third baseman.

From the perspective of the New York Yankees' marketing department, it is lucky that Alex Rodriguez spent the final season... More

Why won’t journalists ask Bill Cosby the tough questions? - Sexual assault charges are hardly ever mentioned to the TV star

Knoxville’s alt-weekly wasn’t losing money. It got shut down anyway - Scripps pulls the plug on Metro Pulse in favor of an entertainment supplement for the local daily

Chuck Todd’s Obama book says more about the author than it does about the president - ‘The Stranger’ underscores a broader problem with the way we cover politics

Beware labeling Pope Francis a liberal - Political boxes like liberal/conservative and evolutionist/creationist miss his real significance

The Virginian-Pilot produces a breakthrough investigation amid layoffs - Reporter John Holland discusses how the story came together, newsroom cutbacks, and colleagues who cover for each other


Which media outlets use ‘illegal immigrant’? (Fusion)

“[I]n spite of all the good reasons not to use the phrase, it is still very easy to find in the US press, even in headlines”

Jack Shafer on losing his job (Capital New York)

“Right now, my immediate plan is to go to work as a lay therapist at The Intercept to bring the healing there so John Cook and Matt Taibbi can return. I have great interpersonal skills.”

On outlets that continue to call unknown drone victims ‘militants’ (The Intercept)

“Like the US drone program itself, this deceitful media practice continues unabated”

UNITY’s convention is no more (All Digitocracy)

“The organization’s board of directors decided that UNITY will no longer host the quadrennial conferences for which it had become known”

Bloggingheads

Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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