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Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« Reply #180 on: July 02, 2019, 11:15:01 AM »
Today's edition of Fives & Flubs features only one Five and 17 Flubs, which are rated DG (Doozies Galore!).

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Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« Reply #181 on: July 04, 2019, 09:57:41 AM »
Kudos to BLeafe for maintaining his sense of outrage on an almost daily basis over the typos, errors and just plain stupid mistakes from whomever is putting out The Record's Sports section from a Gannett design center hundreds, if not thousands, of miles away from New Jersey. The saying, "You got to believe" could just as well be "You got to B Leafe." #gannettruinedmypaper https://thesassonreport.blogspot.com/2019/06/shit-in-driveway-wasnt-from-dog-walkers.html
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Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« Reply #182 on: July 04, 2019, 10:56:58 AM »
#gannettruinedmyaper

Gannett ruined your "aper"?

The good news is that there's a job waiting for you at The Record.............again.



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Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« Reply #183 on: July 06, 2019, 01:45:03 PM »
Did you ever think of working as a copy editor at a newspaper? Wait. Newspapers fired all their copy editors.

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Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« Reply #184 on: July 13, 2019, 11:45:07 AM »
Storylines, players, takeaways...............they only come in fives (but stupidity is endless).


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Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« Reply #185 on: July 14, 2019, 10:08:29 AM »
More much ado about nothing. One way to look at it is that many sports fans are barely literate and wouldn't know the difference between correct and incorrect syntax and silly captions. Judging from the number of arrests for human trafficking at the Super Bowl each year, fans are more interested in sex with underage girls than in typos and broken syntax. The New York Times Sports section today (Sunday) is 8 pages, including the TV listings on the back page. A recent copy of The Record I saw during the week also devoted 8 pages to Sports (what a waste), and only 3 to local news. Do sports fans even vote in presidential elections or care about municipal affairs in Hackensack or anywhere else? I seriously doubt it. When I was a reporter for the Hartford Courant in Connecticut in the 1970, I lived in a corner apartment overlooking a newspaper box in Hartford. I'll never forget the time I saw a man put a coin in the box, grab a copy of The Courant (which had many pages in a few sections), and dump all but the Sports section into a trash basket. That said it all, and has shaped my opinion of the large majority of sports fans.[size]

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Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« Reply #186 on: July 14, 2019, 03:50:09 PM »
Once again, you COMPLETELY miss the point. I'm not trying to tell sports fans about grammar and captions. My writing is basically a complaint about the people who create all the errors and stupidity - people who are supposedly quite literate and who have been properly trained to do their jobs and should know better than to put out the crap they do. If I'm lucky, somebody in charge might realize what's going on and do something about it (and maybe the sun will be green tomorrow). I'm of the opinion that none of this should go unchallenged.

I'm a sports fan. Do I sound barely literate and grammatically-challenged to you? You're REALLY judgmental in your out-of-left-field and over-the-top characterizations. And how do you know that the Courant guy wasn't a subscriber whose Little League son got his picture in the sports section and Dad wanted another copy?

It's hardly healthy to get your opinions shaped by the weird biases that you let bounce around in your head.



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Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« Reply #187 on: July 15, 2019, 09:05:08 AM »
Thanks for the psychoanalysis. But you are talking about Gannett, the biggest newspaper publisher in the United States with a track record of buying papers, slashing the payroll and pages of local news, and centralizing production in major design studios around the country, so The Record of Woodland Park is being put out, edited and so forth who knows where, certainly not in New Jersey. Nothing will get better. Readers are abandoning the website and print edition in droves (as shown in the annual reports I have posted on my blog), and I would not be surprised to see the paper folded in a couple of years.

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Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« Reply #188 on: July 16, 2019, 01:25:57 PM »
The Record formally announced a policy apparent to readers for many month, restricting some stories on NorthJersey.com to subscribers. Reader reaction was swift:

https://thesassonreport.blogspot.com/2019/07/readers-of-record-turn-thumbs-down-on.html

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Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« Reply #189 on: July 23, 2019, 01:45:04 PM »
The Record of Woodland Park is being put out, edited and so forth who knows where, certainly not in New Jersey.

It's a pretty good bet that the sportswriters - who attend all home games, press conferences, etc., and are in the locker rooms after games asking dopey questions - are, of necessity, local people.

Speaking of dopey............


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Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« Reply #190 on: July 26, 2019, 05:35:10 PM »
More fractured syntax and other errors from The Record of Woodland Park, as reprinted in the Hackensack Chronicle:

A story warning drivers of flooding in Hackensack appeared on the front page of the weekly today, July 26, referring to July 23. "Hackensack Fire Department is advising drivers to avoid flooded areas, as firefighters have rescued 14 people from stranded vehicles," the second paragraph said.

Were streets still flooded today? "Drivers were getting stuck in the water," the story reported, but it is unclear whether they were in vehicles or just on foot.

A photo caption noted "flooding on Lodi and Gregg Street in Hackensack."

The amount of rain that fell in Westwood, Ramsey, Bergenfield and Lyndhurst ended the story, but no figure was provided for Hackensack.

Sharing the front page with the flooding story was a wildly promotional story on the opening of a "healthy-eating restaurant at The Shops at Riverside," the mall that provides a lot of advertising to The Record. The story jumps to Page 4, and goes on and on about the final phase of a makeover for the luxury mall.[size]


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Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« Reply #191 on: August 01, 2019, 11:15:21 AM »
"Drivers were getting stuck in the water," the story reported, but it is unclear whether they were in vehicles or just on foot.

If they were on foot, they wouldn't be referred to as "drivers"...........and cars are much more likely to get "stuck" in the water than pedestrians.


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Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« Reply #192 on: August 01, 2019, 11:22:10 AM »
Well, the Fives are in full bloom..............unfortunately, the Flubs never seem to go out of season.

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Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« Reply #193 on: August 10, 2019, 11:12:01 AM »
This time around, "Fives & Flubs" is "Five & Flubs".


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Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« Reply #194 on: August 16, 2019, 09:51:42 AM »
After slogging through yet another repetitive "gotcha" post from BLeafe, it finally has occurred to me that Gannett's production staff in a design studio far from Hackensack, N.J., is subjecting readers to:

A Reign of Error