Thursday, November 20, 2008
The past five years have been exciting, challenging, fun, hectic, rewarding, frustrating, interesting, tiring, exhilarating – I could go on, but copy editors hate too many adjectives. I’ve worked as a journalist for 27 years and I don’t yet know if my next job will be as a journalist.
To those who remain at The Star: It’s been a pleasure working with you. If I could give a bit of advice, it would be to compliment your colleagues more for jobs well done. Don’t let complaints and criticism be the only things co-workers hear about.
I read an interview with Ted Turner in Time magazine, and he said this: “You can’t always stay in the place where you’d like to be.” (He was referring to his marriage to Jane Fonda, but what the heck.) Anyway, to those who are leaving, my hope for you is that you find a new place where you’d like to be.
Feel free to keep in contact with me (job notices, employment tips, notes of support or just to say hi) by e-mail at patricia (at) patriciapix.com.
(Thanks to graphic artist/editorial cartoonist Steve Greenberg for my caricature. Greenberg has been laid off as well.)
Note: I have been allowed to keep this blog up, although nothing else will be added to it after I leave.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Sunday, June 29, 2008
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Wronged by a Thong?
Then I went searching online to see if I could find other headlines for this story. Here are many more:
Dinged by a G-string?
Woman sues Victoria's Secret over a thong 'malfunction'
What a thong and dance: Woman sues Victoria's Secret over G-string injury
Victoria's little secret lawsuit?
Granma injured by a thong! EWWWWWWWWW!
The thong did it
What headlines could you come up with for this story? Send them to me.
Monday, June 16, 2008
Friday, June 6, 2008
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Sunday, May 11, 2008
It has two features I thought you might be interested in. The first is a new one for the site -- "(Least) Favorite Mistake" -- in which editors are asked what their most embarrassing mistake is. One copy editor tells her embarrassing tale when she didn't follow her own advice: that everyone needs an editor -- even an editor. You can read about it here.
The second feature is called "5 Questions With..." in which authors, editors and other journalists are asked the same five questions, such as "What punctuation mark are you fondest of?" and "If you weren't in your current line of work, what would you be doing instead?" You can find a few of the interviews here, and the rest of the interviewees are listed here.
Now it's your turn. Why don't you send me your answer to one of these questions, and I'll publish the responses. The question:
"If you weren't in your current line of work, what would you be doing instead?"
Please send me your responses. Thanks.
Subject: Karen Gindick
We are happy to announce that Karen Gindick has joined the newsroom as a copy editor.
Karen comes to us from the Los Angeles Daily News where she has held a number of positions during her tenure, including copy editor, copy desk chief, opinion page editor, wire editor, designer and assistant news editor.
She also taught editing, headline writing and design at USC. We are thrilled to have Karen join our desk.
She started today, so if you get a moment please go by and introduce yourself and welcome her to The Star.
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Martin Gee, a designer at the San Jose Mercury News, writes on his Flickr site: "the last round of layoffs and buyouts really hurt me. i mean, each one does but this one especially. this place feels like a morgue. an abusive relationship. remnants and artifacts everywhere. empty cubicles. empty chairs. abandoned office equipment. goodbye emails. besides looking for a new job, this is a way for me to deal." The way he's dealing is to document the aftermath in images. His Flickr set of photos, called "reduction in force," can be seen here. The photo displayed here is from his set. It shows the empty nameplate for my friend, Rich Ramirez, who took his life a day after finding out his position was being eliminated. Martin adds a note, however, saying he wasn't trying to imply that this news caused Rich to do what he did (read his note with this photo for a full explanation). The photos are pretty dramatic, and having worked there for almost 6 years, I was saddened to see what the place is like now.
Martin's blog is here. Couldn't help but laugh at the photo at the top of his blog.