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*sigh*I give up. Go on an bury me. I just can't take it any more.
I just got done banging my head on my desk and crying. A lot.
This drives me crazy. Is all hope gone?
Does the copy desk simply not function at all anymore? Cant believe how many silly mistakes and bad headlines there routinely are, in print and on line.dont use the overworked excuse on me. I dont buy it.If there are that many mistakes, why do we even need a copy desk?
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At least four of those names are useless, clueless and not needee.
Makes us downsized, unnecessary staff who were axed in times past feel very relieved to be gone. If I were still there, I'd have caught this. Live with it, Gannett!
Who is doing all this bad editing? Where are all the journalism standards at USA Today?
It's been 12 hours and no one has had this fixed? I mean, come on.
Still not fixed.We're laughing at you, Gannettoids.
The 12 year olds running digital dont see a problem. But then, they arent journalists.
Perhaps it is correct. Suppose he works on a newspaper and is the head of a police or fire department or maybe an indian tribe.
The 12 year olds don't realize it's wrong. That's the sad part. It's only the old-timers that know how it should read.
I imagine it happened something like this:Web page builder [shouting across a room]: I gotta get this done. Quick: What's Callaway's title?Co-worker: Editor-in-Chief.Page builder: Editor 'n' chief?Co-worker: Yes.Page builder: OK, editor and chief it is.
What a silly group of folks you "journalists" are. Sorry but no one but you cry babies care. In fact no one has ever cared. Throughout history when there was no one around to challenge your holyerthanthou club you were happy to look diwn your noses at the world. Now that the web has enabled any kid with a smart phone to do your job, you can't stand it. Your club gives out insider awards that no one but you care about and now even citizen journalists are vying for those same awards. Must suck to be you now that the emperor has no clothes. Let the outrage begin!!!
8:42 If USAT's top editor doesn't care whether the paper gets his title correct -- well, you can turn out the lights right now and everyone may go home.
"Now that the web has enabled any kid with a smart phone to do your job, you can't stand it."Point is, 8:42, this is proof that the kids with smart phones can't do our jobs, at least not with any degree of skill and professionalism. The technology is great, but it's still garbage in, garbage out, if there's no brain attached to the fingers on the keys.Only us oldtimers can hear Perry White bellowing at Jimmy Olson, "Don't call me editor and chief!"
8:42, there's no such title in journalism. Someone got it wrong. It's no different than a typo or misspelling. It makes the organization look even more amateurish than it is.
8:42, really dug your lack of grammar. The USA's excellent K-12 system, at work! Korean bosses, hello!
Still not fixed. No OT budget, obviously.
8:42 here. I can see from your responses the truth indeed hurts. It's over for you pompous windbags and you know it!
To everyone responding to 8:42: Please don't feed the trolls.
10:19 Let's revisit your comment in October 2013, when USAT will have logged a full year under its redesign and new leadership.By then -- but likely well before -- we'll be able to measure the success of the paper's latest reorganization. The trend in digital revenues will be key.
Jim you have t been a journalist in years. Running a nasty gossip site is not journalism. If you think it is then you prove my point. Anyone can do it. You were never a distinguished journalist. You were average at best. That's why you took the buyout. If you were good you'd still be there. If you did t have a sugar daddy you'd still be there.
Just change Callaway's name to Perry White and it will be fine.
8:42 let me guess. You are 22 and couldn't get into a decent college/journalism school so you started a tumblr and now think you are a journalist?LOL. Pathetic.
5:02 The late-2007 buyouts were offered with a significant warning: Take one, or risk being laid off under less-generous terms.As it turned out, the paper followed those buyouts with years of layoffs that included, as promised, severance worth much less.But more important to my decision, the buyouts were a sign USA Today was entering a period of at least temporary decline. As I told my boss back then, I didn't see any point in continuing to invest my career in a company that was no longer investing in itself.Besides, I've always believed that if you stop believing in your employer's mission, it's time to move on ahead. And that's what I did.
F U, 5:025:02, that was way out of line.If you knew anything about bell curves, you'd know, there IS a 1%. Really great performers, with native skills, early on. They're at NYT-National, New Yorker.Most of us aren't 1%. It takes years of experience to get good, be good, and stay good. You and the hate-crowd here just don't get it, you were never very street-smart and only passable journalists.GCI is owned 92% by institutional investors (e.g., money-center banks, pension funds who BTW, contrary to Chicago mob, have holdings in the Caymans and Swiss banks. Duh.)Bet your house, they watch this site carefully, for insights and non-public information. They ought to be sending Jim, some $$.And no, I am not Jim's mommy. There is a lot of things that we'd disagree on -- tax levels, services.We'd agree on this -- "without fear or favor." Free markets require free speech. And full and fair journalism.Look at the FOIA records of politicians -- that will tell you a lot. And today's mob leaves a lot to be desired - google (if you can) FOIA and some popular names. You'll get a real surprise.
8:42 is one of those "whiz" kids with a title on the digital desk. She doesn't know copy editing style, how to report or write a story and has no knowledge about news or historical context. To her, tweets and facebook and google searches constitute news gathering. She probably feels that windbags are holding back her advancement at Usa Today because she knows html and how to put photos in stories. Call me a windbag, but that's not journalism, hon.
But 5:56, wouldn't you agree that news gathering now includes "tweets and facebook and google searches?"
Not when they're the prime newsgathering tools, along with cribbing from AP & TMZ.
Just checked out the Linked In Profile for Brent Jones.The Director of Standards and Staffing at USAToday merely has "college degree" in the field for his Education?Yikes!
NOW FIXED.NYT-Android this AM - "War of 1912 & Canada" -- off by 100 years. The USA's K-12 system, producing great results!
Its the fault of Chet and Teeuwen that people like this are running digital. The inexperience and incompetency is telling.
Remember when Hunke was hiring SVPs and VPs practically every day? Someone thought it was a good idea to put all these people on the masthead instead of our most senior management as had always been the case.The result? A masthead that took half the Forum page and everyone listed except the janitor and the guy who parks Gracia's car.
This is so symbolic of everything that has gone wrong at USAT in the last four years. Not only has this brand's credibility been tarnished countless times and in a variety of ways via errors, oversights, plain stupidity, etc., the people running the show still won't admit that driving out the time-tested employees who used to catch these kinds of mistakes was a destructive way to trim the budget. Look at the people at the top. They hire and fire people for all the wrong reasons. They themselves were not good editors. And, sad to say, they are selfish and insecure as Hell. No backbone. No ability to fight for what is right. So the clownish embarrassments continue to multiple because they rather have yes-people on their staffs instead of people who can actually get the job done and aren't simply focused on winning popularity contests.
The only sensible comment in this entire thread is the one calling out Brent Jones.Hate to break this, 8:05, but 1912 could be just a typo. It's still embarrassing, but I am not sure that mistake constitutes a failure of the whole education system, Einstein.They should call this place the Jamestard Colony.
Brent Jones.He got that position after the Jack Kelley (sp?) scandal, more or less to ensure accuracy, kinda like an ombudsman.He's there to ensure accuracy and act as an advocate by what measure - obfuscation?
Brent rose up the ranks from research assistant to editing letters to editor.I'm not sure what his qualifications are above those grades. The job title he has now seems to be glorified cooy editor.
Jack epitomizes exactally what ails Gannett newsrooms. Clueless management.
11:40, who are you talking about? I think the voices in your head have won.Jim, I am certain your boss was REALLY worried about your investment statement. In fact, I bet the company invested in a party once you were out the door.
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