Posts Tagged ‘sportswriter gaffes’

In case you missed it…

August 23rd, 2012 by Jack

A sampling of what caught my attention this summer:

Government cutbacks hurting research? You be the judge. The Bureau of Justice Statistics will soon cease funding the Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statisics. And the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey could be next on the chopping block.

Oh well, at least New York City put its Green Book on the web.  Finally!

New Orleans will be without a daily newspaper soon, after the Times-Picayune announced it’s cutting back to three days a week, with a much-reduced staff (more here). Of course, things are rough all over.

Speaking of rough, my employer was the subject of a less-than-flattering article in New York magazine. The Times is also ending a partnership with the J-school and my favorite reporter has left. I’ll definitely miss working with Pete Thamel.

Elsewhere, CNBC’s Darren Rovell provided an example of how to get burned by not properly checking someone’s background (as well as how not to apologize).

ESPN’s Lynn Hoppes also provided an example of what not to do. So did The New Yorker’s Jonah Lehrer and Time’s Fareed Zakaria (more here and HERE).

On the lighter side, we’re apparently in for some crazy new web domain suffixes.

I loved the Times’ tributes to pickup basketball in May and July.

Tim Tebow has company living the abstinent lifestyle in New York.

I was fascinated by the debate about whether or not women can have it all.

(But who needs it all? Like Tim Kreider, I am the laziest ambitious person I know.)

And last but not least, the J-school hired a superb new research adjunct…

Hamming it up with fellow research prof Sandra Jamison.  Welcome aboard, Sandra!

Hamming it up with fellow research prof Sandra Jamison. Welcome aboard, Sandra!

Be wise (not Wise) with Twitter

September 2nd, 2010 by Jack

Although Washington Post sports columnist Mike Wise did prove a point this week that fact checking is essential, he also proved that having a Twitter account is dangerous if you’re an idiot.

Please take both lessons to heart.

This week’s advice

September 12th, 2009 by Jack

Don’t do what Mark Whicker did.  (The research was fine.  The column was awful.)

Today’s bonus: Here’s a good reaction to last week’s Michael Kinsley column on corrections.