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Offline Victor E Sasson

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Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« Reply #210 on: October 13, 2019, 11:30:37 AM »
What an incredible waste of time.

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Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« Reply #211 on: October 13, 2019, 02:26:20 PM »
ERRORS IN NEWS STORIES ARE REALLY WHAT MATTERS

Reducing local news and boosting sports coverage is a development that really impacts readers, not an endless series of gotchas on every single typo, broken syntax and other errors in the bloated sports section of The Record of Woodland Park, formerly of Hackensack. The elimination of the staff at the Hackensack Chronicle and other weeklies now put out by Gannett also is troubling.

When I worked as a copy editor at The Record, I often heard writing headlines is an art, and although I did it for many years, writing headlines has always been a challenge. The Record probably no longer has any copy editors who write headlines, and the paper is put out in a design studio many miles away from New Jersey.

Here's a hilariously stupid headline in Friday's Hackensack Chronicle, one that proves names are rarely appropriate in headlines unless it's Trump or other well-known figure:

"Hackensack chamber
honors Tank as a
Distinguished Citizen"


How does a tank become a distinguished citizen? The recipient being honored is Dr. Lisa Tank, chief medical officer at Hackensack University Medical Center, the hospital that ate Hackensack. I'd wager few people outside the hospital have ever heard of her so "Tank" isn't a headline word, and should have never been used in the headline on Page 4 of Friday's Chronicle, which reprints stories from The Record.



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Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« Reply #212 on: October 14, 2019, 01:37:43 PM »
You're STILL whining about this? I told you before not to bother reading it. Are you masochistic too?

You're STILL the only person I ever hear this from. You might be surprised to learn that others feel differently. Want an example?

Check this out:

'My favorite paper'

Bob Leafe, a professional photographer in Hackensack, has been using a community message board called HackensackNow.org to catalog numerous typos, errors and other production problems in The Record.

His well-read entries appear under this heading:

My favorite paper is not having a good day


"Well-read" - you know what that means? "knowledgeable and informed as a result of extensive reading".


No whining there..........I wonder why.

OH WAIT! YOU wrote that in your blog!

What a hypocrite! And how many people do you think like a whiny, masochistic hypocrite?

Some advice: you stick to your niche and I'll stick to mine.


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Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« Reply #213 on: October 16, 2019, 12:00:02 PM »
Fives & Flubs used to happen - by necessity - about every 11 days. Lately, it's been every 5 or 6 days - nice to see the huge effort they're making to put out a better product.

Today's edition has 22 problems in 19 items.

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Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« Reply #214 on: October 17, 2019, 12:20:11 PM »
Mr. Leafe: Please stop beating a dead horse. Yes. I recommended your posts, but now, you've become so repetitive, you are annoying. And I still object to you advertising your photography business on this message board. I guess you have to advertise it because so few people actually hire you, and with all the free time you have, you spend most of it playing gotcha with the nameless, faceless Gannett Co. production people hundreds of miles away from Hackensack who put out The Wretched [The Record of Woodland Park]. In short, get a life. I'd like to see more of your photos as downtown Hackensack is made over. Look, I get it. If you are in my age group (Seventies), there isn't much to do and people pay you no mind. What can I say? This isn't the way to get attention. Thanks, Victor Sasson.

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Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« Reply #215 on: October 17, 2019, 03:00:45 PM »
Your "powers" of speculation have failed you dismally. You are SO far off on EVERYTHING you guessed about that it's not worth my time or that of anyone else on this board to dissect each and every error, but I WILL tell you one thing:

Twenty-seven years ago, I retired from the business that you seem to think I'm "advertising", so I'm hardly looking to be hired and I'm certainly not desperate for attention. I had enough of that during my "business" to last me several lifetimes.

And FYI............someone on this board asked to hire me for an event a couple of months ago and I had to explain that I don't do that anymore. If you really need confirmation of that, I'll set that up for you in hopes that it would shut you up, though I really doubt that would happen (but hope is everlasting).

So your choice is to either quietly stay in your lane or continue embarrassing yourself. And for the 346th time..............DON'T READ MY POSTS if they bother you.



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Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« Reply #216 on: October 20, 2019, 12:18:21 PM »
LOL

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Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« Reply #217 on: October 21, 2019, 11:23:26 AM »
Ooooo! Another snappy and oh-so-clever comeback (if you're 12).

Believe it or not, I've been giving this some thought for quite a while. Yes - there is a mind-numbing repetitiveness involved, but you're misplacing the cause. Picture a teacher who fails a kid for making stupid mistakes. The kid keeps making the same mistakes and keeps failing. The cycle repeats........and repeats. The teacher is tired of this, but hope springs eternal.

The process of putting all this stuff together on an almost-daily basis is quite time-consuming and, frankly, I'm kind of sick of it too (you'd hope they'd have learned something by now). So, having created a lengthy report card on the problem, I think I'll just stick to what galls me the most - really stupid photo captions. That way, I can spend a lot less time on the overall lack of "professional" writers' language command - an everyday occurrence - and just post about my favorite newspaper's blind (and sometimes unintentionally funny) caption writer, who very well may be that perpetually-failing kid as an adult.

On a semi-related note, while I welcome posting less often about local "writers", I'd like to see other people posting more often about local things of interest or who have questions involving local history or whatever else comes to mind. We used to have a LOT of contributors, but now it appears that we only have a couple of them who post regularly..............and THAT'S becoming repetitive as well.

Speak up, people! It would be a shame to lose this wellspring of history and future history (i.e., everything current).



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Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« Reply #218 on: November 10, 2019, 12:00:11 PM »
SUGAR SHOCK

READERS OF THE RECORD, (201) MAGAZINE OVERDOSE ON COVERAGE OF DESSERT


In the past week, The Record promoted pies, extolling bakeries as close as Englewood and as far away as Morristown, and (201) magazine devoted an entire glossy issue to desserts. The Dessert Issue was labeled "The Best of Bergen."

Last Wednesday's Better Living cover story, written by Food Editor Esther Davidowitz, praised 10 North Jersey bakeries for their pies. Davidowitz, a fashionably thin woman who could pass for a Jewish grandmother, looks like she never eats desserts.

(By the way, Davidowitz and the other food writers at The Record and NorthJersey.com call themselves @NorthJerseyEats. I suggest a change to @NorthJerseySucks.)

The cover of the November 2019 issue of (201) only shows glazed donuts and lemon slices for some reason, but inside you'll find lavish praise for more bakeries with photos of their owners, some of whom look like they've eaten too much of their own sugary desserts.

Readers who are diabetic likely were repelled by the sight of so much sugar in one place. I never eat dessert, and felt like throwing up.

One could argue the editors of the Gannett-owned Record and (201) magazine are irresponsible in publishing so many pages devoted to pies and other desserts. Too much sugar, like excessive salt, can and does kill.

Industry lobbyists have spent millions bribing Congress to hide the amount of sugar listed on the government-mandated nutrition labels. Sugar is the only ingredient listed in grams, but unless you know how many grams there are in a teaspoon (about 4), you may not realize that 5-ounce cup of yogurt with fruit you're enjoying has 4 or 5 teaspoons of sugar in it.

Now, The Record and (201) are complicit in this coverup.


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