Interesting stuff all over the place here

Photos, copyright issues, bears, OH MY! And an update!

What do you think of this? OK? Why or why not?

Fox News misquotes Obama to Romney, apologizes kinda…Colbert weighs in

Interesting series of events that started with Pres. Obama using a line he has used for years, Fox News host twisting it a bit to get reax from Romney, then Fox News host apologizes…kinda.

Colbert weighed in on it last night…before the apology.

What do you all think of this? Have we, as journalists, gone too far with crowdsourcing? Gotten lazy?

Some good news for those of us with journalism degrees…and those of you close to earning them.

Tediting checklist. Get it? Ted + editing = Tediting

Grammar and Spelling

Subject/verb agreement
Confusing use of pronouns
Forgetting the second comma in a pair

AP/Lantern Style

Attributing quotes (after first sentence)
Introducing sources on first reference
Use of quotation marks for titles of short works

Factual errors

Check spelling of names
Check days and times (good time to make sure you don’t use today/yesterday/tomorrow)
Check numbers
Check spelling of names again


Is lede too long?
Does it have a good action verb?
Is the most important information at the beginning?
Does the rest of your story logically follow from the lede?
Are you following inverted pyramid?


Look closely at adjectives and adverbs; if they’re evaluative, take them out

Writing style

Check length of paragraphs
Check length of sentences
Are you putting the subject of a sentence at the beginning?

More editing

Students at Ohio State might want to take a closer look at the food they consume on campus, as reports of sugar being a toxin are debated.

A viral YouTube video called “Sugar: The Bitter Truth,” has generated more than 2 million views, which highlights Dr. Robert Lustig’s, a professor of pediatrics from the University of California, concern for Americans that they are consuming too much sugar. He said that excess sugar has a harmful effect and warns people to eat less of it.

The reports show that Americans are consuming about 130 pounds of added sugars per person, per year, which comes out to about 58,000 grams of sugar.

People have a natural affinity to sweeter foods and over–consumption can begin at a young age and stay with someone throughout their entire life.

Julie Kennel, program director for the Department of Human Nutrition at OSU, recognizes the threat that there is an over–consumption of sugar leading to health complications from obesity, but does not think it is necessarily “toxic.”

“One of the major issues with obesity is its link to Type 2 diabetes,” Kennel said. “It can then lead to further complications like kidney disease, amputations and blindness. Eventually it will lead to increased risk of heart disease and cancer.”

Christine Kaiser, a first-year in communication, knows all too well the threats of diabetes because she said it runs in her family. She tries to make healthier options when visiting her lunch spot at Union Market.

“Diabetes runs in my family, I personally don’t have it, but some of my relatives do,” Kaiser said. She tries to not have sweets all the time like soda and candy.

Healthy sugars from natural sources like fructose in fruits and lactose in milk are the sugars that people should be consuming, and not the refined sugars like sucrose that is in table sugar.

Kennel is reluctant to call sugar toxic, but understands that excess amounts do lead to health problems. She said most Americans are not probably aware of how much sugar they consume and thinks nutritional labels for restaurants, especially on campus, might be beneficial.

“We have some evidence that providing nutritional information at the point of purchase is beneficial in terms of people making healthier choices,” Kennel said. “I know that you can look it up on an app, but that does involve some forethought.”

She recommends that people have no more than 5 – 15 percent of their total calories come from added sugars and solid fats. Current reports show that people have 35 percent of their calories from these sources, which needs to be cut down by at least half to reach the dietary guidelines.

Sarah Hetterscheidt, a first-year in food science, thinks a good balance between diet and exercise is what students need to stay healthy while at college.

“(Students should) try to eat like one less sweet than you normally would in a day and drink less soda,” Hetterscheidt said.

The dining services available on this campus are vast and offer many different options for students; Kennel wants to work with them even more to facilitate an overall healthier campus.

“I think there is still room on this campus to improve the offerings (of healthier food choices),” Kennel said. “Our department works with dining services and is continuing to kind of bridge that relationship to continue to offer ways in which that can be done or supported.”

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Ohio State baseball swept the Minnesota Golden Gophers in a three-game series Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The Buckeyes (18-12, 5-4 Big Ten) won their fourth consecutive game Sunday to complete the sweep with a 4-1 win against Minnesota.

Minnesota was on an eight-game winning streak before the Buckeyes swept Minnesota, which was the first in the series since 2001. Ohio State leads the all-time series 85-84-2. Ohio State coach Greg Beals said it would be a big series against Minnesota and the key to the series would be pitching.

“The Ohio State Minnesota baseball rivalry is as strong as any Big Ten rivalry in any sport,” Beals said before the team’s practice Wednesday morning. “Minnesota is going to pitch. They’re going to pitch very well. But I also think we can pitch equally well against them. I see it being more of a pitcher’s

Ohio State beat Minnesota Friday night with a 2-1 win. The starting pitcher, sophomore Jaron Long, went eight innings allowing three hits and one run while striking out eight. Long was matched against Minnesota’s ace, junior pitcher TJ Oakes, who also pitched eight innings, but allowed two runs on five hits and struck out nine. After the game, Long said he doesn’t change the way he pitches while facing the other team’s best pitcher.

“It’s not anything different, it’s still the same game,” Long said. “I just try to go out there and not give up any runs. There are some times when we’re going to jump on their guy and other times when we’re going to have to scratch and claw like tonight.”

Ohio State allowed five runs to Minnesota the entire series. The Buckeyes won 5-3 Saturday afternoon led by junior left-hander Brian King. King pitched seven innings allowing three runs on seven hits with no walks. The Sunday win was won by redshirt sophomore pitcher John Kuchno. Kuchno went six innings and allowed one hit and one walk while tying his season high with six strikeouts.

One of the big plays in the Sunday win was when freshman left-fielder Pat Porter threw out Minnesota’s freshman shortstop Michael Handel at the plate. Beals said it was the play of the game. Porter said he was surprised when Handel tried to score because he also threw out a Golden Gopher at the plate in Saturday’s game.

“I was surprised the second time,” Porter said. “I fielded it cleanly and heard (Minnesota’s third base coach) say ‘go’ and I thought, ‘All right, I’m about to just hose him now.’”

After the win Sunday, Ohio State improved to 14-0 in games when leading after the seventh inning, a stat Beals said he is proud of, but wasn’t aware of.

“That’s a great stat; don’t tell anyone that,” Beals said before laughing. “We put a lot of emphasis in our bullpen and our guys out there know I have a lot of confidence in them.”

Today show follow-up…and would you pay to read newspapers online?

NBC apologized. Now what?

Well, someone did get fired and the detailed editing process did not catch the problem

Interesting stuff here about newspaper paywalls, but also about the importance of solid reporting and qualification.

You be the editor!

Spring Involvement Fair is a great annual event that students can find a student organization that meets
their needs and interests.

Due to bright and breezy weather, about 310 clubs and organizations are on the Oval to share what they
do with more than 1,000 students on Thursday from 4:30 to 7 p.m.

While 2011 fall Involvement Fair was held into the Ohio Union due to the rainy weather, many students
and student-organizations complained the overwhelming crowds and the cramped capacity of rooms.

In this spring Involvement Fair, they do not need to complain about it for the same reasons. Spaces are
spreading out and booths are well organized. Smaller numbers of student-organizations involved in this
fair than last fall fair.

Macey Wright, a second-year in English, said she had experienced two times of fall Involvement Fair and
this is her first spring Involvement Fair experience.

“Fall involvement fair is a lot bigger, but I like this better because it’s more spread out,” Wright
said. “I’ve signed my name upon couple clubs that I had never done that on fall Involvement Fair.”

Sarah Paetz, a first-year in undecided, also added that she likes this event because it is on the outside,
not in the Union.

“This one seems more organized and less crowded than the Union,” said Paetz. “The booth is spread out
so it’s easier to navigate.”

Brand new clubs and student-organizations show up the fair to recruit many members and raise
awareness of good purpose of the club.

The Boo Radley Society, which is named by a main character named Arthur Boo Radley from a novel To
Kill a Mocking Bird written by Harper Lee, was just started from this spring quarter.

The Boo Radley Society President Marygrace Ashdown, a second-year in marketing and art history, said
that Boo Radley is a very altruistic person who is trying to be good for the sake of being good. Inspired
by him, the Boo Radley Society is looking for dedicated and enthusiastic general members to help create
a fun and friendly atmosphere at the Ohio State.

“We are the random acts of kindness club at Ohio State,” said Ashdown. “We want to create a positive
atmosphere being kind and spreading kindness on campus. We are committed to make this university

The Wine Club is also a brand new special interest club.

The Wine Club co-President Shawnee Fisher, a third-year in strategic communications, said the main
goal of the wine club is to taste wine and learn about wine, beer, distilled spirits and wine business.

“Since we are a brand new club, we really want to get the word out for the club,” said Fisher. “There are
lots of traffics coming through here so it is a great way to promote our club. “

There is no age limit for joining the wine club.

“You have to be 21 to taste, but we are not denying less than a 21-year-old student coming to the
event,” said Fisher. “As soon as alcohol comes out the event, underage kids have to leave. But we want
everyone be able to have opportunity to learn about the industry and wine itself.”

Today Show in hot water and other stuff

Today Show is in trouble for editing in story about Trayvon case. What do you think?

This is why I was thrilled that April 1 fell on the weekend this year.