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By John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | August 28, 2014
You have heard of me. I operate the Dullatron. I drain the life from reporters' articles. I am a copy editor, determinedly extinguishing originality as I slap a coat of battleship gray over all that is fresh and imaginative.  Or so I have heard, or overheard, during the past three decades.  Now a reader sends me a link to "Against Editors," a Gawker  article by Hamilton Nolan, in which one can find a familiar tone: ...
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By John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | September 18, 2014
Let no one say that the editors of the Associated Press Stylebook  are a pack of mossbacks.  A couple of years ago, they (admittedly somewhat tardily) acknowledged that hopefully  is no more objectionable as a sentence adverb than sadly or mercifully . Then they abandoned the bogus over/more than  distinction, to the wailing and rending of garments by copy editors so inured to the tribal dialect journalese that they no longer recognize standard English when they see it.  So I continue to entertain hope for the stylebook.
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By John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | February 20, 2014
Evidently inspired by Abraham Hyatt's ill-considered remarks, reported on Romenesko , about copy editors bringing the operation to a "screeching halt,"* the American Journalism Review has posed a question on Twitter: What do you think? Do copy editors negatively affect news outlets' flows? Of course they can.  So can prima donna writers who imagine that deadlines are for other people.  So can inept assigning editors unable to manage their writers or their copy flow.  So can clueless managers who fail to coordinate the operation efficiently.  News tends not to happen on schedule, problems can crop up at any stage of the process, and anyone is capable of gumming up the works.
ENTERTAINMENT
By John-John Williams IV and The Baltimore Sun | September 17, 2014
When she returns to Baltimore, Zoey Washington walks the streets with relative anonymity. She'll pop into local boutiques unnoticed. This isn't the reception you would expect for a woman who founded a nationally recognized styling collective, LittleBird, focused on the teen and tween demographic, and who has held editing positions with some of the world's best-known glossies. Washington, a 31-year-old graduate of Garrison Forest School and Columbia University, prefers it that way. But Washington's resume reads like a who's who of fashion elite: She's held positions at Marie Claire, Vogue and Essence.
SPORTS
November 29, 2012
Steelers @ Ravens preview chat with the PG's Jerry Micco & Ron Fritz of the Baltimore Sun
NEWS
By John E. McIntyre | February 22, 2014
A notification landed in my email that a new comment had been added to a lengthy post on a LinkedIn editors' group about the imagined distinction between like  and such as . In a weak moment, I looked in on it.  I do not recommend that you check it out, unless fuming gives you pleasure.  One after another, the responses amount to What I Like and What I've Always Done. No one cites lexicographers or linguists. No one bothers to look into Garner's Modern American Usage  or Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of English Usage . (Why, no one even cites me .)
NEWS
March 31, 1993
For the first time in its 71 years, the American Society of Newspaper Editors has lit (as in turning on a light bulb) on the sagacious idea of holding its national convention in Baltimore. Welcome!For reasons that defy objective analysis, the directing editors of news and editorial operations of the nation's major newspapers usually assemble three out of every four years in the nation's capital, there to be confined to a hotel whose meeting rooms have been dug coal-mine deep to deny participants any hint of air, sunlight, fog or reality.
NEWS
July 2, 2006
Disclosures threaten the nation's security The Sun's editorial "What a free press does" (June 28) maintains that President Bush and his administration are attacking The New York Times and other newspapers because "they don't like what they see." It applauds disclosures by The Times of efforts by the Bush administration to combat terrorism, arguing that judgments as to what to print must remain with newspapers. The First Amendment is the cornerstone of our democracy, and its protection is essential to maintain a free society, not only now but also for future generations.
BUSINESS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | January 29, 2014
The editors of many local Patch websites were among a large number of employees reportedly laid off by the news company Wednesday, under a national "restructuring" by its new owner. Investment holding company Hale Global agreed to assume majority ownership of Patch from AOL earlier this month. The exact toll among Maryland's sites remained unclear, but several local editors confirmed — some on the condition of anonymity — that they had been let go. Some employees still were waiting Wednesday to see what the conditions of their severance would be, and if it would include a non-disclosure clause.
NEWS
By John Fairhall and John Fairhall,Washington Bureau | April 11, 1992
WASHINGTON -- Has he used drugs, had an extramarital affair or cheated the IRS? No, no, no, an exasperated H. Ross Perot said yesterday, experiencing the kind of scrutiny he would face if he runs for president.The might-be candidate ran a gantlet of questions during and after a meeting of the American Society of Newspaper Editors. He survived, entertaining many with his folksy humor, but the experience didn't whet his appetite for a campaign."I'm not driven to do it," he said. "As a matter of fact, the more I'm in it, the less interested I become."
NEWS
September 9, 2014
Legacy of 1814 shines light on historic preservation While Maryland is going to great lengths to commemorate the Fort McHenry battle, little effort has gone into acknowledging several Savage residents: Commodore Joshua Barney in the Battle of Bladensburg or his son-in-law, Nathanial F. Williams, in the Battle of North Point. The Williams family developed what we know today as the Savage Mill, a cotton mill that allowed our ship industry to continue when the English ransomed our fledgling country's critical resource.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | September 5, 2014
After poring through 20 boxes of Betsy Bonaparte's correspondence at the Maryland Historical Society, Natalie Wexler's heart sank. In 2005, Wexler had been captivated by a portrait she'd seen of the Baltimore-born beauty, who wed Jerome Bonaparte, Napoleon's youngest brother, against the French emperor's wishes. Wexler is an author, a historian and an attorney. She itched to tell Betsy's story - until she started reading the letters. "Betsy was really not a very pleasant person," says Wexler, now 59 and a Washington resident.
NEWS
By John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | August 28, 2014
You have heard of me. I operate the Dullatron. I drain the life from reporters' articles. I am a copy editor, determinedly extinguishing originality as I slap a coat of battleship gray over all that is fresh and imaginative.  Or so I have heard, or overheard, during the past three decades.  Now a reader sends me a link to "Against Editors," a Gawker  article by Hamilton Nolan, in which one can find a familiar tone: ...
NEWS
By John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | August 15, 2014
Many of you have seen that the Gannett newspapers are in the throes of a reorganization, cutting the staffs,* and creating ludicrous titles for the remnant.  One goal appears to be the elimination of Gannett's remaining copy editors, in the interest of more immediacy between writer and reader, with fewer "layers" or "tiers," or "silos," or whatever the current corporate speak is for settling for quick, cheap, sloppy work because readers are...
NEWS
By John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | August 9, 2014
Though seldom emerging from the steel-and-reinforced-concrete bunker under the Baltimore Sun building on North Calvert Street from which I direct news desk operations, I do occasionally appear in public. Two such occasions are near, with one on the horizon.  Tomorrow morning and a week from tomorrow I will be at the console of the once-mighty Casavant at Memorial Episcopal Church in Bolton Hill, accompanying the congregation during the 9:30 service.  More remotely, I have been invited to present a workshop at the Editors' Association of Canada's first international conference in Toronto, June 12-14, 2015.
NEWS
By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | August 4, 2014
George W. Collins, a pioneering WMAR-TV broadcaster who earlier had been editor-in-chief of the Afro-American newspaper and covered the civil rights movement and political corruption in Maryland, died Thursday of renal failure at Union Memorial Hospital. He was 88. "George was an important figure in Baltimore's struggle for fairness for everybody. No one was more influential in the African-American community when it came to voicing their concerns," said Moses Newson, former executive editor of the Afro-American.
FEATURES
By New York Times News Service | June 16, 1994
The rejection letters being sent out by Gail Katz Brady, the talent coordinator for Q2, cheerfully declared, "We've interviewed and tested nearly 400 people over a relatively short period of time and had a great time in the process."Q2 is the QVC Network's new shopping channel, aimed at customers who still sniff at QVC. It will begin broadcasting a full weekend schedule in September.Many of those people are now fashion or beauty editors, or free-lance stylists or writers, and at least 28 of them have taken classes from Dorothy Sarnoff, the chairwoman of Speech Dynamics, on how to sell, sell, sell.
NEWS
June 28, 2014
In The Sun's June 25 edition I see that you failed to cover the unfolding Lois Lerner email scandal ("Republicans blast IRS over lost Lerner emails," June 18). I can't believe how partisan your editors are. Reporters and editors are supposed to cover the news fairly and completely. The missing emails is a huge crime that affects all Americans regardless of political affiliation. Please start doing your jobs. Fred Borman - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
NEWS
By John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | June 28, 2014
I just did an archive search on stirs debate  and discovered, to my inexpressible horror, that The Baltimore Sun has used the phrase in headlines more than eighty times in the first half of 2014.  Perhaps you should consider performing a similar investigation in your shop.  It's plainly long past time to start smacking the hands of editors who resort to this lazy shortcut. 
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