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  • I’m dreaming of a Christmas without holiday clichés

    It’s beginning to look a lot like laziness from headline writers across America:

    It'sBeginningtoLookALotLikeCliche

    The result is the same no matter which holiday standard you plug into Google.

    'Tistheseason

    Here’s “Deck the Halls”:

    DecktheHalls

    If you’re looking to shake off the Christmas clichés, NPR standards editor Mark Memmot has a few banned phrases.

    Have you spotted any Holiday ledes or headlines that make you cringe? Send them to me at bmullin@poynter.org.

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  • As the media waits in Ferguson, it begins covering itself

    WJBK-TV

    In August, when the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Editor-in-Chief Gilbert Bailon spoke with Poynter about Ferguson coverage, he said “Ferguson is an inner-ring suburb of 21,000 that has never seen such glare of the national media.”

    Three months later, Ferguson has seen a lot of glare, (including from Poynter. We reported from Ferguson in August.) Members of the national media are back now, and they’re waiting. Sometimes together.

    Here’s Charlie LeDuff’s video about the media in Ferguson, from WJBK-TV.

    On Twitter, St. Louis journalists are doing a good job showing who’s in town. From my former colleague Jason Rosenbaum at St. Louis Public Radio:

    Good to see @mattdpearce, @WesleyLowery & @Yamiche back in the St. Louis area. Build a National Reporter House! pic.twitter.com/LyvsBFhQ3Z

    — Jason Rosenbaum (@jrosenbaum) November 19, 2014

    And the St. Louis American’s managing editor, Chris King:

    My view from the MSNBC shoot just now.

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  • New York magazine creates ‘pop-up blogs’

    Since May, New York magazine has launched an irregular series of “pop-up blogs” to expand its coverage on a variety of topics including relationships, the arts and travel.

    The blogs focus on a specific theme — exploring Paris, untangling love lives or navigating New York’s art scene, said Ben Williams, digital editor of New York Media (which owns New York and its associated properties). They run for a month, and they have bolstered the magazine’s traffic and its bottom line, he said.

    Each “pop-up” is basically a Web version of a traditional magazine insert, Williams said. The editorial team comes up with a series of topics they think would be a good fit for New York, and the advertising staff tries to sell those concepts to advertisers. If the sales team finds a sponsor, the editorial side creates the blog and fleshes out plans for coverage.

    “Advertisers like them because they’re kind of a TV miniseries, so you have a beginning, middle and end,” Williams said. Read more


E.R. Vadeboncoeur

WSYR Radio and TV

Syracuse Journal

Mention the name E.R. Vadeboncoeur and it's his radio news broadcasts and Election Night commentaries that come to mind for many longtime Central New Yorkers. Long forgotten is that "Curly," as he was known to his friends, started out to be a newspaperman.

 

He got his first job on a newspaper after leaving Central High School and worked his way up to city editor at the old Syracuse Journal. When the paper merged with the Herald a few years later, he was offered a spot on the new Herald-Journal. Instead, he decided -- on the advice of his wife Orletta -- to switch to broadcasting by accepting another job offer at WSYR Radio.

The change made sense because Curly had been doing a Sunday night broadcast on WFBL called "City Editor" during his later years at the Journal. Soon after joining WSYR, he began doing noon-hour news and commentary every day. In the late 1940s, he successfully crusaded against a proposal for a city sales tax. (Years later, however, the tax became reality).

In an effort to help his listeners better understand what was happening overseas during World War II, Curly traveled to the Pacific for a month. He is believed to be the only war correspondent accredited personally by Gen. Douglas MacArthur. Several times, he risked his life by flying in bombers on missions out of New Guinea to get a better feel of war.

In the early 1950s, several years after he became general manager of WSYR radio and television, Vadeboncoeur gave up his broadcasts to become more involved in S.l. Newhouse's plans to expand Newhouse Broadcasting, which owned WSYR. The expansion included purchase of stations in Harrisburg, PA; St. Louis, MO; Birmingham, AL; and Portland, OR. Curly traveled weekly to Harrisburg and once a month to the others. He also was involved in the development of Newhouse cable properties.

Meanwhile, he continued to appear on television every Election Night, analyzing returns for viewers after being introduced as the "dean of Syracuse newsmen."

As a boy, Curly Vadeboncoeur earned money to support his widowed mother by bicycling prints of films from theater to theater. His interest in theater led him to join Murray Bernthal to create the Famous Artists Series in 1946. The two men also launched a concert series. The following year, they inaugurated the star-driven Famous Artists Country Playhouse in Fayetteville, later expanding to East Rochester and Watkins Glen.

Vadeboncoeur served as president of the Upstate Chapter of American Cancer Society, was awarded the Simon LeMoyne Medal by LeMoyne College, and chaired numerous Red Cross benefits.

Even after Newhouse sold off the television stations and then the radio stations, E.R. continued to preside over the Newhouse cable enterprises almost until his death in 1986.
--Joseph A. Porcello
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Roy Gallinger

Herald-Journal

Herald American

Marcellus Observer

Roy Gallinger left his mark on Central New York particularly with his down-to-earth reporting and hundreds of columns that shared the lives, exploits and foibles of his readers, their families and neighbors during his 50-plus-year career in area newspapers.
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