1.31.2008

Wikipedia as a source

The American Journalism Review has this article about Wikipedia being used by people in the newspaper industry.

My response is that Wikipedia should never be used as a source in a an article for an news medium.

That being said, I do believe that Wikipedia is a useful tool to find some basic information about subjects you may not be too familiar with.

I even have linked to Wikipedia topics from this blog and my other blog. Do I trust everything on Wikipedia? No. Should it be read with skepticism? Yes. Is it OK as a quick read on a topic? Yes. Should it be the final read on a topic? No.

The most useful part of Wikipedia is any links at the bottom of an article. These are usually source notes and can lead you back to an original, more credible (and possibly even one that could be used as a source in an article) sources.

Copy editors, read these

Head over to Common Sense Journalism and read this post and this post. Then, head over to John McIntyre's You Don't Say and read this post.

When you think you have digested that information, head over to Testy Copy Editors and read this thread.

There are a lot of good points in all of the postings and on the thread. There is also a lot to think about as to what the role of copy editors is now, what it probably will be in the near future, what it could be in the future, and what it should be in the future.

Super-duper fun on Super Tuesday

A lot has been thrown around about Super Tuesday (sometimes this year called Super-Duper Tuesday or Tsunami Tuesday), but just how big is it?

Well, from The Washington Post:
Democrats will hold contests in 22 states and one territory, with 1,681 delegates at stake. On that day alone, 52 percent of all pledged delegates will be awarded, compared with the 4 percent that will have been allocated in the four opening competitions of the year. Republicans have scheduled contests in 21 states for Feb. 5, known as Super Tuesday, with 975 delegates at stake. Those delegates make up 41 percent of the total available, according to the Republican National Committee.

So what will be the most fun this year? Watching the bad puns in headlines, of course.

I think that the interest in this year's primary elections means more newspapers across the nation will play up the results (or lack thereof). With the added attention, there will be no dearth of "super-duper" and "tsunami" puns on the front pages of newspapers, too.

Here some that come to mind:
(Winner) washes away competition on Tsunami Tuesday
Tide turns for XXXXX on Tsunami Tuesday

I am sure there plenty more. Leave a comment with your bad pun headline(s).

But on the serious side, Politico.com has a map with a lot of useful information about each state. I know I will have it up in a browser tab when I am slotting the national election page Tuesday.

Leave a cooment with useful election information sites and I will compile them (if I get enough) for a post before Feb. 5.

Oh, and vote on the new poll over to right there about what the primary election on Feb. 5 should be called.

1.14.2008

I will be back

I have neglected this blog. With holiday celebrations, vacation and a new position at work, I have been too busy to post. But I will be back with a new post within a week. Until then, take time to complete the new poll.