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The Onion and Channel Thirteen

Posted by James McPherson on January 13, 2009

We definitely saw a contrast in “news” operations on Monday.

In the morning we visited The Onion, where editor Joe Randazzo and several staffers regaled us with funny stories while at the same time telling us that they take what they do–spoofing the news media–very seriously. They even try to adhere strictly to Associated Press sylte, which I’ll be sure to point out to media writing students at home.

In the afternoon we met with folks at Channel Thirteen, where Bill Moyers tapes his show. We saw his wife, Judith, but didn’t know it was her until after we said hello while passing in the hall. The students also got to try out their teleprompter skills during a brief studio tour.

Some of the students went from there to College Publisher, which hosts the Whitworth University student newspaper Web site. And some of them are now at Good Morning America.

Today we’re on to the Nielsen Co. (the ratings organization) and the Public Relations Society of America).

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One Response to “The Onion and Channel Thirteen”

  1. Joy said

    Ha, I will win the AP style battle someday!

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