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How To Use A Semicolon; The Most Feared Punctuation On Earth.

The Oatmeal has done it again. The full illustrated guide to semicolons is here.


Previously on FBLA:
How To Use An Apostrophe

Media Jobs Rank Pretty Low In New Report

Our sister blog MediaJobsDaily tipped us off to this report by of 200 jobs from best to wort. The ranking was determined by five criteria: environment, income, employment outlook, physical demands and stress. Newspaper Reporter is waaaay down on the list at #184, just above a Stevedore – someone who loads and unloads cargo from vessels and routes cargo to proper locations.

Photojournalists were all the way down at #189, just above butchers and mail carriers. Publication Editor made it to #65, but the site notes the hiring outlook for this job is very poor.

Have a nice day!

Jazz-Hands Kitty

A much-needed break from the news of layoffs and paywall debates and faltering circulation numbers…

Technical Difficulties

Is this thing on? Our blog network has been having technical difficulties, and we were offline for most of Wednesday. But it seems to be better now. And we missed you too.


The Hierarchy Of Digital Distractions

Infographic by David McCandless. Click for a larger image.


found via Laughing Squid

Where Writers Write

Documentary photographer Kyle Cassidy is working on an intriguing photo project featuring science fiction & fantasy authors in their work spaces. Certain recurring themes in the photos – walls lined with books, stacks upon stacks of papers, a furry critter keeping company – remind us of many a journalist’s work space. Perhaps these are universal themes for writers.



found via Neatorama


Anyone who’s ever worked under the pressure of a deadline – or decorated their walls with Post-It Notes – can relate to this stop motion animation.

Found via Neatorama

Starz Wants Pols to See Stars

Starz, the network, wants to become Starz, the soothsayer. The cabler is setting up a special film room (or as they put, a “Starz Green Room”) where pols at the Democratic Convention in Denver can relax, watch a movie and have a drink. They may even have a few stars to bounce political ideas off of, if that ever helps. The films they’re expecting to show include Dave, Being There and The Candidate. To put it in perspective, maybe they should toss in All the President’s Men.

The press release is after the jump…

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The Press is There to Inform and Enlighten…

We just thought it would be a nice break to think about what life was like when we actually had four dollar gas. Those were good times.

A Day Without Starbucks!…Okay Only 3 Hours

Tick tock. In an announcement that is the cruelest kick to unemployed writers since the strike – starting at 5:30PM – Starbucks will close to re-train their baristas (Italian for ‘when slow gets screamed at’).

They call it ‘re-training’ – some writers call it ‘eviction’.

From the Seattle Times:

“We will have all new standards for how we create the drinks,” said spokeswoman Valerie O’Neil. “They will be trained in creating the perfect shot, steaming the milk and all the pieces that come together in a drink.”

Not that we’re smarty pants or know-it-alls – but Starbucks can’t train people after hours? Or before – hiring? Or after – hiring? But rush hour?! It would seem harsh if there wasn’t a Peet’s and Coffee Bean on every other corner.

Some Starbucks competitors are taking note.

From the OC Register’s Fast Food Maven Blog:

Underscoring that heated rivalry, Dunkin’ Donuts said Monday that it will sell a small latte, espresso or cappuccino for 99 cents today from1 p.m. to 10 p.m. The offer is clearly aimed at wooing Starbucks customers left hanging during tonight’s three-hour shutdown.
“Dunkin’ Donuts wants to ensure that no coffee lover is denied a delicious espresso-based beverage,” the company said in a statement. (FYI: Dunkin’ Donuts does NOT operate in Southern California.)

Yes, Starbucks customers. We wonder if the Piggly Wiggly and Waffle House will try and woo them as well. Bet they don’t have WiFi.