Oh, don’t pretend like you don’t do it too. Anyway, here are some of the stories that caught my eye, from among the half-dozen email news subscriptions I have:
- Keep the Internet. Just give me Jeff Balsai’s brain: Margie Peterson’s column in the Morning Call of Allentown, Pa. gave tribute to a longtime copy editor, Jeff Balsai, who opted to take a buy out amid the Tribune Co. cuts, which I found via Romenesko. It was an adorable tribute to a newsroom veteran, the very kind that green and scared reporters just beginning in a newsroom need. Unfortunately, it’s likely that many of these newsroom veterans have gone the way of the green-screen monitors….. It also reminded me a lot of the farewell missive that Jill Karnicki, Scott Roby’s predecessor, wrote before she left for grad school. I considered writing a similar missive, simply because I think its good to give readers, who are used to seeing certain bylines in the small community paper, a sense of what’s going on, rather than leaving them to wonder where a certain person is.
- A Dream Slowly Rising: This was a lovely feature on two Filipino American sisters who quit their cushy, comfortable jobs at 50-ish and began a French bakery. It seems that the American dream of almost every Filipino immigrant I know is to own their own business. My mom, by luck or chance or what have you, had to do it out of necessity. I’ve often thought about pitching my mom as a news or feature story – actually, I think I once did, to my friend Sam, before she left the San Gabriel Valley Tribune. But I probably stopped short of really pitching, because honestly, any feature about my mom’s business would have to include me, and I don’t want to be in it.
- The Accidental Cyberjournalist: I think I found this one via Romenesko also. It sort of made me chuckle, because unlike most of the students the article speaks of, I was probably the lone student at Cal State Fullerton who said they wanted to get into online news in 2001-02. But unlike the article’s tone, which suggests that students should seek to get into online news right away, I believe that a stint in traditional media, is necessary to really build that person’s news judgment. But that’s just me.
- It’s that time of year again: Christmas news stories abound. Legally, Christian organizations have adopted the ACLU’s errant ways and have begun threatening to sue retailers and civic entities that use the neutered “Holiday” name, via the LAT. I discovered, via BeliefNet’s newsletter, that several churches in Kentucky (isn’t that part of the Bible belt?) are not planning to have Sunday worship services so that families can be together for Christmas. That doesn’t make much sense to me, since these are the same people who are all up in arms about Christ being taken out of Christmas. Hello???? Either Christmas is about Christ, or its not – and sorry, in my view, Christ was an all-or-nothing kind of guy. Besides, I can’t think of any place better to be than church to celebrate Jesus Christ’s birthday.
And in other news, Kip the psycho cat broke a snow globe on top of my TV, so in the midst of my trying to blog, I also had to try and clean up the thin, tiny shards of glass all over the carpet. Thanks Kip. Now there’s glitter all over everything too. *sigh*