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Ode to the nut graf

Here it is: The nut graf. What you are about to write is about this, this and this. “No oxford comma in your rule of three, please,” you said to yourself. Or maybe the coy approach, ease into it: A journalist walks into a bar and strikes up conversation with a man who just so … Continue reading

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A case for the exclamation mark

You don’t see it often. It’s tabooed. It’s tacky. It’s overkill. It’s immature. It’s a punctuation mark that deserves a chance. (Sacrilege! Witch! Witch! — See? Useful.) Students, writers, student-writers, editors and the like are warned about the dangers of  the exclamation mark pervading the written word. Editors are told to remove it unless encountered … Continue reading

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Facebook: Gateway to friends or delusion?

Aside from the recent deluge of statuses lamenting the new Facebook, I’ve noticed a minor trend on the site:  People announcing that they will be deleting their internet existence. I always sort of laugh at this –– the  announcement of their impending departure on the very site from which they intend to recuse themselves. It has … Continue reading

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How I learned to stop worrying (almost) and love journalism (for the most part)

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m a fairly nervous person, a quality that is often aggravated by my prolific coffee intake. Of course, my chosen career path isn’t exactly “stress free” (then again, does such a profession exist?) But  journalism, on a whole, from what I have ascertained, can wreak havoc on a … Continue reading

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Who owns your content?

The internet is an infinite portal for expression. While I am somewhat of a social networking rat, I’ve unfortunately never given considerable thought to who owns whatever I make public. Until recently. I naturally assumed that whatever ridiculous thing I posted on Tumblr was mine (unless, of course, it is another reblogged cat-in-a-suit picture, which wasn’t mine in the … Continue reading

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If lady sings and lives by the blues, then she dies by them

Nearly every obituary I’ve seen for Amy Winehouse has attached words like “troubled,”  to her name. I am disturbed, but not surprised, by the liberties newspapers have taken with headlines, using adjectives that have successfully pigeonholed Winehouse before any conclusive evidence of the cause of her death has been released. The tragic, troubled star is no … Continue reading