Cheers and Regards for the Week of October 18, 2010

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 all those stunts from Jackass 3D you tried to recreate; 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 the New York Times for ditching its silly “Editor’s Choice” iPad app in favor of one that offers the full paper. It’s free for now, but the paper will start charging in 2011, and hey, it might even be worth paying for. (MW)

REGARDS to the Washington Post for running running an op-ed by a noted anti-gay activist on National Coming Out Day essentially blaming teen suicides on the gay rights movement. Bonus regards to the paper for failing to understand Twitter. (DW and MW)

CHEERS to the Beard Journalism awards for no longer making unnecessary distinctions between print and online food writing. A writer who calls everything except the trendiest of foods bland and inedible should never be ignored just because he or she did it on the Internet, we say. (MW)

REGARDS to the 40 or so foreign journalists who covered last week’s Delaware Senate debate between Democrat Chris Coons and not-witch Christine O’Donnell because it’s “sexy.” Let’s not kid ourselves here. This isn’t about control of the Senate. It’s about waiting for a kook say kooky things. And it just encourages more kooks to come out of the woodwork to attract attention. Let’s not feed the kooks. (MW)

CHEERS to the so-called “alliance for public media” for its plans to hire 100 journalists each in four to six different cities. However, those 400 to 600 people should be aware they probably won’t get to go to any Jon Stewart rallies. (MW)

REGARDS to the University of Kentucky for banning distribution of the student paper at the school’s football stadium because of a conflict with a sports marketing firm that prohibits outside publications. But, of course, when it comes to athletics vs. student rights, you would expect a university to side with its students, would you? (MW)

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