Cheers and Regards for the Week of April 12, 2009

If you ever get an e-mail from a journalist, there’s one portion of it you should pay attention to more than any other. No, it’s not the part where they’re asking you about the stolen steaks you had in your pants at the grocery store last night. It’s the sign-off.

If it’s “Cheers,” you’re cool. You did OK. If it’s “Regards,” you pissed somebody off, and you better figure out how to fix things, quick.

We apply those same tenets here, every week.

CHEERS to Atlantic Media for actually ponying up and paying all its interns in a time where unpaid internships are more and more the norm. Now, if we could just get some retroactive pay for all our unpaid internships over the years, it’d be fair. (MW)

REGARDS to media magnate Rupert Murdoch for attempting to close the barn door after the horse has bolted, though in this case, the barn door is payment for online news and the horse is everyone who uses the Internet. (MW)

CHEERS to Associated Press President and CEO Tom Conley for demanding that journalists get full access to war zones, even knowing the dangers of sending people there. (MW)

REGARDS to the news director at Orlando’s WMKG for basically asking his employees to rat each other out in what is ostensibly an office version of “Survivor.” (MW)

CHEERS to CBS’ 60 Minutes for a report on fossilized human remains (clips available on site) that doesn’t get mired in the creationism vs. science debate. The only disagreements acknowledged are those within the scientific community.

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