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Journalists declare war…on ellipses

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The job description of the ellipsis has changed, Matthew J.X. Malady writes. His emails, his text messages...full of three-point shots. Clay Shirky hypothesizes to him that "people are trying to use alphabets like we’re talking, and it’s ... hard. So we reach for the ellipsis.”

Awl Editor Choire Sicha tells Malady he's defeated his own overuse of ellipses, retraining himself to "send emails in complete sentences, with proper punctuation, like an adult person."

At The Washington Post, using fewer ellipses is now an institutional imperative, judging by a July 17 memo from Managing Editor Emilio Garcia-Ruiz and Multiplatform Editor Jesse Lewis. "We’ve noticed an overuse of the ellipsis recently," they write. (more...)
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Slate has important information for anyone using its Carlos Danger Name Generator:

An earlier version of the Carlos Danger Name Generator suggested incorrectly that the Carlos Danger Name for Anthony Weiner is Armando Catastrophe. The Carlos Danger Name for Anthony Weiner is Carlos Danger.

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How Slate doubled Facebook referrals in less than a year

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A case study on Facebook's new media portal looks at Slate's rocketing Facebook traffic over the past year. Psychology explains some of the rise: "Slate’s stories frequently have provocative, attention grabbing headlines," Facebook notes. But publishers without Slate's gift for those can benefit from some of the other tips in the study:

It puts "share" and "like" buttons in a couple of places: One up by the headline, another at the foot.

The share dialog prompts a user to add a comment to the article, creating a strong signal back to Facebook. Slate.com story pages have both Share and Like buttons prominently visible, so readers can choose how they want to post the story to Facebook.
It makes calls to action: "The descriptive comments from Slate editors often directly solicit feedback from followers." (more...)
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Slate article about ‘Girls’ ‘misspelled basically everyone’s name’

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A Slate correction that ran over the weekend is a good reminder to double-check the spelling of names. The correction, at the bottom of a Troy Patterson story about the TV show "Girls"' second season, reads:
This review misspelled basically everyone’s name. It’s Hannah Horvath, not Hannah Hovrath; Marnie is played by Allison Williams, not Alison Williams; and Ray is played by Alex Karpovsky, not Zosia Mamet.
News Editor Chad Lorenz, who oversees the site's corrections, said via email that the person who edited the story "chose to post that piece himself without filing it to the copy desk, so that probably led to more errors than usual." (more...)
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Jacob Weisberg: ‘The confusion about paywalls is bad for sites like ours’

Jacob Weisberg reacted so swiftly to Forbes reporter Jeff Bercovici's suggestion Friday that Slate might put in some sort of pay model because "the confusion about paywalls is bad for sites like ours," the Slate Group chairman said when reached by phone Monday.

Slate had a hard time shedding its rep as a pay site for years after experimenting with a paywall in 1998, Weisberg said. "It took some years for people to stop being confused about it," adding that Salon's "Premium" model a few years later also confused readers "because our names are so similar." (more...)
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Carr: Weymouth is the problem at Washington Post

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Last week's change in editorial leadership at The Washington Post was "mishandled from the start," David Carr writes. Publisher Katharine Weymouth, who engineered the change, "still seems to be struggling to get a grasp on a huge job at a company whose journalism has at times altered the course of a nation," Carr says. (more...)
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This Slate “Mad Men” correction is not suitable for children:

In an April 30 “TV Club,” Julia Turner misstated when Sally Draper ate the fish in Mad Men. It was before she saw the blow job.

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A collection of Slate name corrections from last week:

In an April 26 “Culturebox” piece, Jenny Hendrix misspelled Edgar Allan Poe’s middle name.

The guide to the April 25 “Culture Gabfest” misspelled Kanye West’s first name.

In the April 25 “Politics,” John Dickerson misspelled H.L. Mencken’s name.

In the April 25 “Reckoning” blog post, Michael Moran misidentified U.K. chancellor George Osborne as David Osborne.

In the April 24 “Politics,” John Dickerson referred to Sarah Palin wowing conservatives in Denver. Her speech, to the Republican National Convention in 2008, was in St. Paul, Minn. Additionally, because of an editor error, Sen. Ron Johnson was misidentified as Tim Johnson.

Related: Why journalists get names wrong and how to get them right

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Slate referred to an author winning the “Huge Award,” resulting in this correction:

In a March 2 “Future Tense” blog post, Torie Bosch misspelled the science fiction award won by writer Bruce Sterling. It is of course the Hugo Award, not the Huge Award.

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Slate retracts story it says didn’t meet verification, fairness standards

Hat tip to the folks at the great Retraction Watch blog for spotting this notable Slate retraction from Wednesday night:

On Feb. 17, 2012, Slate published an article titled “The Celltex Affair: An Ethics Scandal Strikes the World of Bioethics.”

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