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  • What writers can un-learn from ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’

    The release of a hot trailer for the movie version of Fifty Shades of Grey has stirred up renewed attention to the book trilogy that spawned it, the work of a very lucky British woman named E.L. James.  I very much like the arc of her personal story: from self-publishing the first book to sales of more than 90 million copies worldwide, with translations into more than 50 languages.  So perhaps I should make this a very short essay with this advice to writers everywhere: Sex sells.

    But just as there is good food writing and bad food writing; good sports writing and bad sports writing; there is also good sex writing and bad sex writing. To illustrate this, I have chosen a scene – almost at random – from one of James’s book to analyze. … Read more

  • California media look into the case of some creepy dolls

    KCAL9 | Los Angeles Times | San Clemente Patch | KTLA 5 | Newsy

    On Thursday, a story caught the attention of the media in California. Many reported that some dolls were left on the door steps of families in San Clemente. The reports said that the dolls kind of looked like the little girls who lived there.

    Here’s a link to the story from KTLA 5. It’s on autoplay.

    The news spread.

    (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); = id; js.src = "//"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));

    KCAL9 reported that Brittney Hopper interviewed one of the moms about the abandoned toys.

    “We’re very unsettled and obviously taking this very seriously as it concerns our daughters and little girls,” said the mom who didn’t want her face to appear on camera.

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  • NYT’s use of ‘anonymity’ nearly doubled since 2007

    There have been some clever applications of The New York Times’ new Chronicle tool since it was released for public use Wednesday. The tool, which allows users to examine how frequently words have appeared in the Times over the years, has been used to compare instances of the word “opera” and “hip-hop” and show when the Times’ style ruling on “illegal immigrant” changed.

    But what happens when you plug terms that indicate anonymous sourcing, like “anonymity,” “anonymous” and “said a source” into the tool?

    Even though “anonymity” only shows up in a small fraction of articles — about 2 percent in 2013 — use of the word has nearly doubled since 2007, the tool shows:

    Plug in the phrase “sources said” and you get a similar spike after 2010:

    The Times’ use of anonymous sources is a perennial topic among media critics.… Read more

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Don Edwards


Club President: 1965

The road to success for Don Edwards started in a small southern Ohio village and led to the general manager job at a major Syracuse television station, and later to the top job in the broadcast journalism department at Syracuse University's Newhouse School.
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