Monday, May 14, 2007

right-wingers? liberal elite? just geeks?

Gaz writer Dave Philipps sends this along:
Many people have their theories about how the Gazette cranks out the news working hand in hand with either:
A. a vast right wing conspiracy.
B. the liberal media elite

So let me offer a rare insight into how the newsroom works. Exhibit A: the white board.

The white board sits in the middle of the newsroom, next to a long table where editors from various sections get together daily to talk over what is going into the paper and how it can best be presented. For a fairly accurate dramatisation of this, see the movie "The Paper."

Anyway, the whiteboard was probably purchased with the idea that editors could use it to help organize their thoughts. In fact, it is almost never used. It sits blank for months until someone comes by and scrawls something funny on it, like the question above. This question then sits there for weeks, often as snarky answers collect.

Why don't we ever erase the white board? Hey, we have a paper to put out.

1 comment:

Rhonda said...

One frazzled Saturday morning I wrote this:
"I should have been a pair of ragged claws, scuttling across the floors of silent seas."
T.S. Eliot
It stayed on the board for days and days.