This is why journos can’t have nice things

When you’re a libertarian-leaning journalist and you read “used to not be able to” in a news story about government-backed retail plans–

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An awareness campaign worth biting for

I avoid most awareness campaigns because they are by nature fad-like, and frequently fail to lead to substantive change. But I think most people in my circles aren’t aware of what Lyme Disease looks like.

takeabite_lymeMay is Lyme Disease awareness month, its campaign marked with the social media hashtag, #takeabiteoutoflyme. Participants bite into a lime and share the photo and hashtag on social media.

May also roughly marks the season when suddenly, six years ago, I found myself too weak to ascend a flight of steps. Otherwise reasonably fit, I knew something was terribly wrong. What followed was an odyssey to discover the source of the problem.

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Comma drama

comma dramaA Portland, Maine dairy company will have to shell out $10 million because of an overtime pay statute and a comma, a court has ruled.

The ruling, according to a March report by The New York Times, is resulting from ambiguity caused by the Oxford comma–or in this case, a lack thereof.

And all the Oxford comma zealots chimed into the discussion with a collective “I told you so.”

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This typeface had to go, and the classic that replaced it

I usually avoid change, but it was time for one.

Tahoma has served The Carolina Ledger newsletter well since I started it, but this week I finally ditched it, opting instead for Helvetica for headlines.

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7 commas in a sentence, too many

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Try to read a sentence with seven commas that aren’t used for dividing a list. I dare you.

I was reading through a handful of news stories Wednesday following the roads funding debate in the Senate. One story was written by a veteran reporter at an unnamed S.C. daily–unnamed because I don’t want to credit the publication in this case, thereby calling it out directly.

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A root canal, a compliment and a human moment with Sudanese immigrants

She asked my name. Hers is Anna, or some English equivalent that sounds like Anna. She wore mismatched socks–one, orange and black with candy corn, the other, pink and black with lips. I told her the word for pink and pointed at her sock.

She showed me how she could count to 10 by taking fingers away.

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A few of my favorite puns from Bob’s Burgers

I love a good pun. Good, bad or ugly, none is master of the pun more than the animated franchise, Bob’s Burgers.

It’s a lovable show about a burger joint owner and his family, which is constantly (lovingly?) sabotaging his business.

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Best of good copy

file_000-39When I think of what makes for good copy, I think of things that make me laugh or think. Good copy is memorable, concise and consistent. I have a soft spot for copy that is funny and whimsical.

Here are three goods and services companies that get copy right–

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Mailchimp expands typeface choices

 

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I use Tahoma for my headings.

The email newsletter service, MailChimp has expanded design options to include several web fonts.

This is great news for writers who lack general coding expertise, but are skilled in other areas of design. (Ahem. That’d be me.)

I’m thrilled about the new options for my Carolina Ledger newsletter, where I currently use Tahoma for headings. It’s a good standby, although not favored by some designers. I chose it from MailChimp’s limited options because it’s easily recognizable, easy to read and lacks frills.

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The lede–a story’s heartbeat

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Make your point clear in the first sentence

Everybody knows the cardinal rule of journalism–don’t bury the lede.

Well, almost everybody.

Today I picked up a local newspaper bearing a headline stating the Richland County Sheriff’s Department will get funding for body cameras. But I couldn’t tell what the story was supposed to be about until the third paragraph.

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