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Cartoonist brings the Charlotte Observer its first win in 26 years

Siers’ self-drawn Twitter picture.

Kevin Siers daydreamed and drew through school, doodling as he listened. Then, in the fifth grade, he and his teacher had a talk.

“And he just took me aside and said, look, I want you to make me some comic books,” Siers said in a phone interview with Poynter.

So Siers created a superhero knockoff. The winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning didn’t launch into the local newspaper from there, though. Siers went to work in the ore mines after high school in Biwabik, Minn. But while there, Mark Washburn wrote on Monday for the Observer, he submitted a cartoon to The Biwabik Times. From the Observer:

“So I said, I guess I could do this,” Siers said.

When he returned to the university, he began doing editorial cartoons for the campus newspaper, the Minnesota Daily. He got to know Steve Sack, political cartoonist for the Minneapolis Star Tribune and last year’s Pulitzer winner for editorial cartoons.

“Sack was my mentor,” Siers said. “He’d take me out to lunch and show me grown-up cartoonist tricks.”

Siers has been with the Observer since 1987, said Taylor Batten, editorial page editor, in a phone interview with Poynter. Batten said Siers is a voracious reader who doesn’t just read headlines and throw something together, but he approaches his work with knowledge and background.

“He’s a journalist first and a journalist who expresses his ideas through cartoons,” Batten said. Read more

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Charlotte Observer reporter arrested while covering protest

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Charlotte Observer religion reporter Tim Funk was arrested Monday while covering a protest in Raleigh, the state capital, Mark Washburn reports: “Funk, who was wearing Charlotte Observer identification, was handcuffed and taken along with the arrested protesters to the Wake County magistrate’s office to be arraigned on misdemeanor charges of trespassing and failure to disperse,” Washburn writes.

In a phone call with Poynter, Observer Managing Editor Cheryl Carpenter said Funk was attempting to locate a clergymember when he was arrested. The paper has asked him not to comment publicly, she said, adding that “We intend to defend him vigorously.”

The protests are part of an ongoing series of demonstrations called “Moral Mondays.” North Carolina NAACP President William J. Barber wrote about the protests in the Guardian Monday, saying they urge “legislators to govern for the good of the whole, rather than for the wealthy.” Read more

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Charlotte Observer typo attributes painful, vulgar injury to NBA player

An unfortunate typo introduced late in the editing process led to the Charlotte Observer reporting that NBA player Baron Davis has a “herniated dick.” Yes, chuckle away.

Here’s the offending passage from today’s paper:

Mike Persinger, the paper’s executive sports editor, explained the origin of the error in a blog post today. He said the writer first described the injury as a “herniated disc.” That made it past the first editor, but a second editor realized that isn’t the way the paper spells this injury. So the editor attempted to change it to “herniated disk.” Needless to say, things didn’t work out that way.

There was no third editor in the process to catch the typo. From Persinger’s blog post:

Because part of that second editor’s job is to send stories to the typesetter, the typo was moved along without another set of eyes to catch the error, and that led to what you saw in today’s paper. And no doubt to a lot of snickering.

The Observer took home Correction of the Year in 2011, and now it’s an early front runner for 2012′s typo of the year.

Seriously, though, my sympathies to that second editor.

Update: Thanks to @johnrobinson for the tip! (I didn’t have the credit in at first because I wanted his permission.) I also see Persinger tweeted his post about the error. Nice job of being open about the mistake and trying to make sure readers understand the background.

Update Jan. 5: I see  (via a tweet from Romenesko) that the Observer published a correction today:

Because of a typographical error, an item in the Sports section Wednesday incorrectly described an injury to NBA player Baron Davis, a guard for the NewYork Knicks. Davis has been troubled by a herniated disk in his back.

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