By John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | January 25, 2013
Last week, when I posted about training oneself to be an editor , someone commented on Facebook: " I'm curious, does any part of editor training involve breaking it to people gently? I would be surprised if it did, but I think that would be the hard part of editing, handing/sending back the document without making the writer want to quit writing. " Writer and editor experience an odd intimacy. Much as professionals school themselves to think that the text is an artifact, a product rather than an extension of the self, that text is still a personal expression.
By Mary Carole McCauley and The Baltimore Sun | October 4, 2014
When the writer Peter Mehlman was working on the television show "Seinfeld," he could be counted on to come up with the tiniest, most insignificant - and ultimately, the most memorable - plots. It was Mehlman, now 58 and a Los Angeles resident, who explored snack-eating etiquette at parties, and Mehlman who decided that the show's female lead, Elaine, would hoard contraceptive sponges. And it was Mehlman who coined several catchphrases that have entered the cultural lexicon, from "yada yada" to gloss over a conversation, "sponge-worthy" to describe a hot date and "double-dipping" to refer to the practice of dunking a snack into a sauce at a party, taking a bite and then dunking it again into the same container.
By John McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | September 7, 2013
Writing at Vanity Fair , James Wolcott mourns the passing of the Boston Phoenix , including a memorable appreciation of the copy editor's craft by Al Giordano:  Copy editors were the heart and soul of the  Phoenix  experience, and I've long since thought that separating the two kinds of editing was at the core of the paper's genius. Let me explain: A story editor checks your facts and challenges you on them, and you debate with him or her and fuss over the content and substance of your story.
By Matt Zenitz and Baltimore Sun Media Group | October 3, 2014
Each week during Big Ten play, the Washington Post's Roman Stubbs, another Maryland football beat writer and I predict the outcome of the Terps' upcoming game. Here are our predictions for Maryland's matchup with No. 20 Ohio State on Saturday in College Park. Kickoff is at noon, and the game will be broadcast on ABC. This week's rotating writer is Daniel Popper from The Diamondback, Maryland's independent student paper. Matt Zenitz Prediction: Ohio State 31, Maryland 20 Maryland has the talent to win this game.
Tim Wheeler | November 13, 2013
Ahoy! There's a new admiral on the Chesapeake Bay. John Page Williams, senior naturalist with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation , earned the honorific rank Tuesday night in Annapolis in recognition of his 40-year career teaching and writing about the bay. John R. Griffin, chief of staff for Gov. Martin O'Malley and former natural resources secretary, presented Williams with a framed certificate proclaiming him the newest "Admiral of the Bay....
November 15, 2012
Editor: I see where Wendy Sawyer of the county Democratic committee has the temerity to suggest that, because her party maintains its hegemony in Annapolis, the Republicans elected by the citizens of Harford County to represent them should just abandon their principles and bow to the overlords. To this I politely say, fuhgeddaboutit! What really needs to happen is that Republicans need to take territory in every place the Democrats just gerrymandered to protect the hegemony. But until the voters of Baltimore City, Prince Georges County and Montgomery County get brains and stop sucking up the stuff being put out by the Democrats, Maryland is still in slavery.
April 24, 2005
The Sun of Howard County is looking for a freelance writer to contribute articles for its education page. Please send resumes to Bureau Chief Mark Bomster at: The Baltimore Sun 30 Corporate Center, Suite 820 10440 Little Patuxent Parkway Columbia 21044
December 17, 1991
Catherine Pugh has a master's in business administration from Morgan State University. She has worked at Equitable Trust, the Mayor's Office, and the Council for Equal Business Opportunities. She operated The African-American News and World Report, a weekly newspaper. She has been a radio-TV commentator and reporter, and has written for several DTC publications. She is the former director of Strayer Business College. She now heads her own public relations and marketing firm.Eric Addison is a free-lance writer.
By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun and Baltimore Sun reporter | December 20, 2010
William J. Evitts, a noted writer, editor and historian who was a former college professor, died Dec. 14 of pancreatic cancer at Gilchrist Hospice Care. He was 68. The son of a U.S. Department of Labor official and a homemaker, Dr. Evitts was born in Chicago and raised in Arlington, Va., where he graduated from Washington and Lee High School. He earned his bachelor's degree in 1964 from the Johns Hopkins University and was a Thomas Jefferson Fellow at the University of Virginia, where he earned a master's degree in 1966.
By Lynne Agress | September 22, 2014
Now that the school year has begun, we have many questions: Is the new Core Curriculum good or bad? What about "No Child Left Behind"? How many remedial courses should a college student be allowed to take? Letter grades versus pass/fail? The questions and ensuing discussions are endless. But what about reading? If every first grader learned to read - to read well - I believe we would see many more successful students - on all levels, as well as many more successful people as a whole.
By John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | September 12, 2014
For reporters, writing online must seem like admission to heaven. No space limits, no damn copy editor ruthlessly cutting forty lines of burnished prose to make it fit the page. Little interference from an editor, or even, bless us and save us, no editor at all .  Unfortunately, the online writer falls victim to the same fallacy entertained by the print writer: Because it's published , people read my stuff.* A couple of days ago, Craig Schmidt, formerly of the Star-Ledger , posted this comment on Facebook to the link to my post "Wait, wait, don't hang all the editors" : "What we've really lost -- especially online -- is making every word count.
September 11, 2014
I was most confused by the letter writer who seemed to object to the statue of Ravens legend Ray Lewis being given equal status to the one of Johnny Unitas ( "Statue of Ray Lewis is disgraceful," Sept. 8). After all, as the writer observed, Ray Lewis was found not guilty in a court of law. So what's the problem here? It's not like the Ravens put up a statue of Michael Vick, who was actually found guilty of a crime and has been "rehabilitated. " Yet this letter writer still chooses to be "outraged.
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: ...
By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | August 14, 2014
Francis Scott Key is so closely identified with Fort McHenry that the South Baltimore landmark is considered the go-to place to learn how the 15-starred American flag that flew after the fort's bombardment 200 years ago inspired him to write the poem that became the national anthem. But those wishing to pay their final respects to the lawyer-turned-poet could also head 50 miles west to Frederick, where Key is buried in a sprawling cemetery that runs along U.S. 40 where it shares the roadway with busy Interstate 70. "Key always wanted to be buried in the shadow of the Catoctin Mountains," said Ron Pearcey, the superintendent of Mount Olivet Cemetery.
By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | July 3, 2014
Allen Grossman,a prize-winning poet who spent 15 years teaching his craft to students at the Johns Hopkins University, died June 27 at his home in Chelsea, Mass. He was 82 and had been suffering from Alzheimer's disease. "Allen was an inimitable instructor," said Douglas Basford, assistant director of composition at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York, and a former student of Dr. Grossman's at Hopkins. Remembering a class he audited in poetry and poetics, Mr. Basford recalled the instructor "probing and prodding to get, as he did in his critical prose, to the core of how a poem worked [and]
By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | May 28, 2014
There will undoubtedly be a solemn tone to this week's Civil Rights Game festivities in Houston. Nationally renowned poet and essayist Dr. Maya Angelou, who died Wednesday , was scheduled to be one of three Beacon Awards recipients in a luncheon prior to the Civil Rights Game between the Orioles and the Houston Astros on Friday. Last week, Major League Baseball announced that Angelou would be unable to attend the Beacon Awards luncheon because of health reasons. “It is with deep regret that I able unable to attend the MLB Beacon Awards Luncheon,” Angelou said in a statement to
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