Grammar Girl: ‘I had wanted to be a professor, but I had given up on that dream’

Fogarty. Credit: Patrick Fogarty

That or which? Lie or lay? And where does that pesky comma go? The woman — or girl — who’s built a personal empire around guiding students and professionals through the thickets of grammar and usage recently added another job to a resume that includes writing books, public speaking and entrepreneurship — professor.

Mignon Fogarty, also known as “The Grammar Girl,” was recently named the Donald W. Reynolds Chair in Media Entrepreneurship at the University of Nevada, Reno’s Reynolds School of Journalism. Poynter caught up with Fogarty about her new job and what will happen to her website during the transition.

How did this opportunity come up for you?

I gave a guest lecture in Nico Colombant’s radio class last year in the Reynolds School, and the students were all creating podcasts.… Read more

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9 under-the-radar ONA finalist’s projects you need to see

The Online News Association’s contest finalist list is always a source of inspiration for me. When it arrived in my email Monday I started scouring it to find great projects that I would use in my Poynter teaching.

Some of the more highly publicized projects you may have already seen, but if you haven’t, you should check these out:

I was delighted to find some other magnificent reporting I had not seen before the finalist list came out and wanted to share some of my favorites.… Read more

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Times of India publisher to staffers: Give us your social media passwords if you’re posting news

Hey, it’s Tuesday. Media stories coming your way!

  1. Strict, strange social-media policy at Times of India: Bennett, Coleman and Company Ltd staffers have been told not to post news stories from their personal social media accounts; instead, they must create company-authorized accounts, according to Quartz India. Even weirder: the company — which publishes The Times of India and The Economic Times — “will possess log-in credentials to such accounts and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge,” Sruthijith KK reports. (Quartz India) | Quartz-related: How often should a site launch a redesign, like Quartz just did? Mario Garcia: “The answer varies, and there is a basic principle I follow: redesign (and/or rethink) when you need it.” (Garcia Media)
  2. NYT’s controversial Michael Brown profile: New York Times public editor Margaret Sullivan writes that calling Michael Brown “no angel” in a profile of the 18-year-old killed by police in Ferguson, Missouri, was “a blunder.” (Public Editor’s Journal) | Times national editor Alison Mitchell told Erik Wemple that the phrase derived from the story’s lead, which told an anecdote about Brown seeing a vision of an angel.
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‘A time to mourn’: Newspaper front pages from Michael Brown’s funeral

More than two weeks after his death, thousands of people came to say goodbye to Ferguson, Missouri, teenager Michael Brown, Elisa Crouch and Doug Moore reported for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Monday.

It brought people to his funeral who had never met Brown. It brought mostly African-Americans, some who spent more than 12 hours driving from cities as far as Atlanta because they felt a strong connection to him despite knowing little about his life. He reminded them of their own sons and grandsons, and the difficult conversations they have had to have with their children about how to avoid getting shot by a police officer.

Here are five front pages, courtesy Newseum, from Brown’s funeral. … Read more

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For Hack Week, The Verge merges product and editorial — and publishes a lot of quizzes

The Verge posted some offbeat stuff during its anything-goes Hack Week last week: a timeline of Gordon Ramsay’s epicurean empire, a history of metaphors for the internet, a list of the top 10 videos featuring Nilay Patel, editor-in-chief.

“I was expecting traffic to crater,” Patel said. But pageviews actually jumped 11 percent from the previous week. More telling: Facebook engagement was up 52 percent.

Given the BuzzFeed-like content that the site ran as it experimented with tools like timelines, photo sliders and quizzes, that’s not a huge surprise. While articles like “Name this Samsung rectangle” clearly resonated with readers by offering something new, some commenters were a little fed up with all the quizzes and lists.

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Today in media history: Newspaper front pages remember Edward Kennedy

August 26, 2009
On this date in 2009, newspaper front pages reported on the death of Massachusetts senator Edward Kennedy, who had passed away the day before. Here is a collection of pages from that week.

Senator Edward M. Kennedy, who carried aloft the torch of a Massachusetts dynasty and a liberal ideology to the citadel of Senate power, but whose personal and political failings may have prevented him from realizing the ultimate prize of the presidency, died at his home in Hyannis Port last night after a battle with brain cancer. He was 77.

“We’ve lost the irreplaceable center of our family and joyous light in our lives, but the inspiration of his faith, optimism, and perseverance will live on in our hearts forever,” his family said in a statement.

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Turner announces buyout program for nearly 600 employees

The Wrap | Broadcasting & Cable | Variety | Atlanta Journal-Constitution | CNN

Update: Turner Broadcasting confirmed rumors Tuesday that the company will offer buyouts to almost 600 of its employees as part of an effort to cut costs across multiple channels, CNN’s Brian Stelter reports.

Turner owns CNN, HLN, Cartoon Network and Adult Swim. It is a subsidiary of Time Warner.

The buyouts will be offered to “Turner staffers age 55 and older who have been with the company for 10 years or more,” Stelter writes.

The Wrap’s Tony Maglio and Sharon Waxman reported Monday that “a couple of hundred of these buyouts will occur at CNN and HLN,” both Turner Broadcasting networks. The cuts are part of a restructuring effort aimed at downsizing the company’s staff by 15 to 20 percent, Rodney Ho wrote for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.… Read more

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New Yorker’s Ferguson cover artist has been on the front lines of police protests

Eric Drooker, the artist who created this week’s New Yorker cover art, has never been to Ferguson, Missouri. But like some of the suburb’s citizens, he has been arrested for protesting the police in his hometown.

That experience colors his latest work, a Dantean depiction of silhouettes raising their arms in the “hands up, don’t shoot” position through a miasma of tear gas while the headlights of a police vehicle burn in the background like the eyes of a “wild animal,” Drooker said.… Read more

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ACLU, Guardian U.S. and Oklahoma Observer file lawsuit against state prison system

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On Monday, the ACLU filed a federal lawsuit along with The Guardian U.S. and The Oklahoma Observer, according to a press release, “seeking to stop Oklahoma prison officials from selectively filtering what journalists can see during an execution.” The lawsuit, which ACLU of Oklahoma also joined, has been filed against the director of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections and the warden of the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in response to the April execution of Clayton Lockett.

“The state of Oklahoma violated the First Amendment, which guarantees the right of the press to witness executions so the public can be informed about the government’s actions and hold it accountable,” said ACLU Staff Attorney Lee Rowland. “The death penalty represents the most powerful exercise of government authority.

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Some journalists choose not to live-tweet Michael Brown’s funeral

A St. Louis Cardinals baseball at rests on top of Michael Brown’s casket before the start of his funeral at Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis, Monday, Aug. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/New York Times, Richard Perry, Pool)

For a story that started and spread on Twitter, some journalists chose to be quiet, or quieter, on Monday for the funeral of Ferguson, Missouri, teenager Michael Brown.

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