Several of you have asked whether there is any recommended reading you can do over the holidays for next term's politics course.Â
Following this week's exercise in sub-editing, I discovered this clever tribute to the art from the Washington Post. It's by Pulitzer-winning writer Gene Weingarten, and praises the newspaper industry's copy editors (the US term for subs) by demonstrating the sort of nonsense we might have to read if they didn't exist. See how many of the 57 errors you can pick up.
No, the headline is not simply toÂ make Laura feel more at home. This is the German term for citizen journalism, which is being pushed by the country's biggest-selling newspaper in an intriguing way.
This is Matt Frei's prose poem on the financial cataclysm. I think this is wonderful writing to pictures, and both words and pictures have great rhythym: "the SUV, the large TV". Also, Frei is good with pauses: he lets the pictures breathe. Wonderful.
Scroll down on this page to "Rotten Roots of the Crunch" to locate this clip
... that I can't be with you in person this morning as I'm at a
conference. Instead, here's a dodgy webcam video explaining what you
need to do. Maybe someone could spark up the old projector and play it out from the teaching computer.