A journalist suffers daily indignities: long hours, meager pay, unfortunate wardrobe choices.
That last one is self-inflicted, true, but helps to illustrate all that is troubling about being a newsperson, particularly a print newsperson.
Taken all together, hanging around the news business for a few years can make a guy or gal a bit cranky. The World’s managing editor, Cal FitzSimmons, has been a newspaperman for more than a few years, and it shows.
You can read Cal’s often curmudgeonly, always humorous take on the day’s news every weekday in his Daily Headlines email. The email goes out around noon, and, in addition to keeping subscribers informed about what is happening in their community, Cal’s headlines offer a funny take on what can often be pretty dry stuff, like city council business or criminals doing bad deeds.
Look, for example, at Cal’s treatment of a day of news last month, when the big stories around here were feral cats, casinos, basketball coaches and PUD projects. This is how Cal summed up the headlines, with links to all the articles on The World’s website:
A volunteer is trying to round up all the feral cats near Fred Meyer. The important thing is the headline says “Cat trap fever,” an obvious play on the Ted Nugent song “Cat Scratch Fever,” which came out in 1977, showing once again how cutting edge we are here at The Wenatchee World. I now feel pressured to maintain this high standard of contemporary pop culture references. … The Colville Confederated Tribes know when to hold them, when to fold them and when to build a massive new casino in Omak. … Wenatchee basketball coach Ron Stone, who did not have his contract renewed for next year, received lots of support at the school board meeting Tuesday. Uh, it wasn’t just a family affair for Stone, it was everyday people supporting him. … The Grant County PUD says it’s time to get rolling on the river projects that have been made easier by low water levels.
Cal concludes each Daily Headlines email with a thought for the day. Some recent examples:
It’s hard to stand up for what you believe when you believe it’s time for a nap.
Commas are important people.
My acceptance speech would be very short because nobody would want me to give them credit for anything I do.
Chivalry is not dead, it’s just looking for something new to do after women finally figured out how to open a door.
If there’s a chip on my shoulder it means I missed my mouth.
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Kelli Scott is digital content coordinator for The Wenatchee World. She can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.