Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Best quotes from "Overheard in the Newsroom"

Online Editor: “You don’t have to worry about office politics in this department because no one wants our jobs.”

Editor talking about a hastily written opinion column: “Well, he fully admitted that he just shit on the page. But it’s Matt; there are no grammatical errors, so we’re running it. The kid shits in AP Style.”

Copy editor to news editor after reading the lede to a column: “There’s a serial comma you have to get rid of. Otherwise it’s still horribly written, but at least it will be grammatically correct.”

Copy editor: “That’s not a prediction; it’s a comma splice.”

Associate Editor: “What sort of note did you get?”
Editor: “Someone wants a photo we ran in the paper in 1971. Well, let me head over to the haystack.”