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The Hill’s Copy Editor Gets ‘Standing Ovation’

In a rare note of public gratitude, a columnist is applauding a copy editor.  The Hill‘s departing copy editor Mike Laws has received a glowing review from columnist and blogger Brent Budowksy. Let’s just say Budowksy probably didn’t have to fight too much during the editing process on this one.

The headline says it all, really: “Farewell with standing ovation to Mike Laws, editor par excellence.” Today is Law’s last day as he focuses on a writing program at Johns Hopkins.

An excerpt from the full piece:

As most honest columnists will tell you, we often look upon editors with a wary eye, always worried that our perfect work will be desecrated by forces from above. Having noted this, it a perfect moment to express my respect and admiration for Mike Laws, a talented and extraordinary gentleman and editor I have worked closely with in recent years in my roles as columnist and Pundits Blogger here at The Hill.

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The Hill’s Copy Editor Leaves After Six Years

Chief Copy Editor Extraordinaire (not his real title, but one we and our tipster find fitting) Mike Laws is leaving The Hill after working there for six years.

“Still feels slightly unreal to me, after all this time, though my last day is next Wednesday, so I guess I better get used to the idea,” Laws told FishbowlDC this morning.

The reason for his departure? Laws has been doing a Master of Arts program part-time at Johns Hopkins, and is a little more than halfway through. He wants to concentrate on his studies. He says he’ll be living on the Eastern Shore but traveling back and forth between there and D.C. and Baltimore to meet with his thesis adviser.

We wish Laws all the best. See a few pictures of him, along with a question we asked to allow him to reminisce and reflect on his time at The Hill. Read more

Copy Editor Scorches Neighbor in Blistering Post

AAAAAsx_VToAAAAAAMUrmg.jpg It’s never wise to antagonize the copy editor – he or she can mess with your copy like none other. But it’s not all that smart to cross one in regular life, either, especially one with a blog about the Orioles.

No matter that it’s supposed to be about the Orioles. One can stray from the topic in a flash, which is what The Hill‘s Chief Copy Editor Mike Laws did over the weekend when he got into a tangle with a neighbor. Laws, having just returned from what sounded to be a lovely cross-country trip to San Francisco, came home to find himself locked out of his abode. Details are sketchy and complicated, but suffice it to say the neighbor could have helped him out, but instead declared any assistance against condo board rules.

Hence, the scathing post from Laws on his blog regarding his “f–king a–hole” neighbor.

> Update: Laws writes, “The night takes its first of two additional sharp turns for the worse.” In other words, he has to call a locksmith while coping with a very annoying teenage girl in the lobby. Pretty hilarious. Read here.

The Hill Hires Pecquet & Muller, Promotes Laws

The Hill has hired Julian Pecquet and Alex Muller. Pecquet will cover health care and Muller is at the copy desk with Mike Laws who was recently promoted to chief copy editor.

Memo from The Hill‘s Hugo Gurdon announcing the changes:

I wanted to let you know about a few staff changes.

Mike Laws has been promoted to the position of chief copy editor. He is thorough, skilled, and dedicated to his craft, and has a real sense of responsibility for the overall quality of our newspaper.

He is joined at the copy desk by Alex Muller, whom some of you have already met, and who is sitting when Sean Barry used to sit.

We will also be joined on Wednesday by Julian Pecquet, our new healthcare reporter. Julian covered the same beat for Inside Washington Publishers and over the past 15 months has broken several big stories in that endlessly important news area.

Please welcome the two newcomers, and join me in congratulating Mike on his promotion.

Thanks, Hugo

Morning Reading List, 09.19.08


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The Hill Bests Roll Call

In this weekend’s Roll Call v. The Hill softball match, The Hill newspaper defeated the Roll Call EditOrioles by a score of 10-9 (and, yes, Brody Mullins showed up to play for his old paper).

We hear that Bob Cusack, Kelly McCormack, Mike Laws, Klaus Marre carried the team.

>UPDATE: Tips coming in:

  • “The Hill beat Roll Call 11-9 on Saturday, and we didn’t need to bring in alumni to do it (though Patrick O’Connor was there for moral support).”

  • In reference to this, a tipster writes in: “St. Louis native Craig Winneker, managing editor at Roll Call for 10+ years and now at WSJ Europe, was the best first baseman. Bresnahan rarely played.”

  • In reference to this, a tipster writes, “Vandehei never came out for a softball game.”

  • Craig Winneker writes in (referring to this list): “Hate to be picky but… Me at SS. Those other hotshots may have done better as free agents on the journo market but I was the only one who could actually play softball. Besides Curran.”

  • “Ask the Hill how many girls played and how many sat on their bench. RC’s women did a fine job against the Hill’s macho males.”

  • “The Hill played one woman in their lineup, with the rest all men. Roll Call played with 5 women in their lineup.”

  • “I knew Roll Call would pull out the female card. We agreed on the terms of the game. We had one automatic out at the end of the order and only got three outfielders. They agreed to the rules. Would we have preferred if more Hill women made it, but we played with what we had. Did we mention that Roll Call wanted to extend the game two innings after they lost? We offered to play a doubleheader, but got turned down.”

  • “The Hill people said they’d have 3 women, as is standard in co-ed softball leagues. Batting just one woman, they should have had 2 automatic outs throughout the game. And the score was 10-9, no 11-8 or 11-9.”

  • “Actually, the Hill offered to play an extra two innings, but then rescinded the offer when they thought they might lose. Wussies.”

  • “10-9, 11-8, 11-9… All I see are the letters L-O-S-E-R, and you can’t spell loser without S-O-R-E. If we should have had two automatic outs, maybe you should have negotiated that beforehand. How can we win in that situation? If you win, you won, and if you lose, you say it wasn’t fair.”