Copy editors are insulted as student papers' flag football game takes ugly turn

The Stanford Daily | The Daily Californian

Stanford Daily Editor-in-Chief Billy Gallagher has harsh words for the "poor sportsmanship" of UC Berkeley's Daily Californian. Staffs of the two student papers played their traditional "Ink Bowl" flag-football game Saturday to mark the 115th "Big Game" this past weekend.

Gallagher is particularly rankled by a post from The Daily Californian's Alex Wolinsky making fun of The Stanford Daily's copy editors. "Indeed, one must wonder whether the publication employs copy editors at all," Wolinsky wrote. Gallagher replied:

These are not harmless words in jest. Any professional media organization would be lucky to have Charlotte, Matt, Jamie, Maddy or Neel as copy editors for summer internships or after graduation. And this Daily Cal piece is the fifth result on Google for search results like “Stanford Daily copy editor.” I remain unreservedly proud of their hard, professional work, and I am shocked that any person would find joy in mocking or attempting to shame them.

Worse, Gallagher writes, were two Cal alumni tweeting a photo of an injured Daily editor during the game. "You stay classy, Daily Cal," Miles Bennett-Smith wrote in his gamer for the real football game.

"We must be better than this," Gallagher says.

More flag football: Mitt Romney's staff tied a press corps squadron in Florida Sunday. Excellent correction: "An earlier version of this post mistakenly referred to the Secret Service agents on Mr. Romney’s team as the defensive line. They were acting as the offensive line as Ann Romney threw a touchdown pass."

  • Andrew Beaujon

    Andrew Beaujon reported on the media for Poynter from 2012 to 2015. He was previously arts editor at and managing editor of Washington City Paper. He's the author of the 2006 book "Body Piercing Saved My Life," about Christian rock and evangelical Christian culture.


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