Hey, freelance journalists, here's a 'newsjack' idea for you: Have schools' attitudes about left-handers changed? When my dad grew up, schools forced retraining of ‘south paws.’ Or tried to, until they came up against Gramma Mary. 8-) She intervened and embraced 'left-handed.' I suppose it was her equivalent of "God doesn't make junk." I’m right-handed … [Read more...] about It’s Left-Handers’ Day
Do you remember that D+ essay in high school? The one with sentence fragments and misspellings? And some wrong words used in place of the right ones? Yeah. That essay. Mom wasn't pleased, was she? Let me help you avoid this scenario and save money on proofing. ’Cause in the real world, the critics can be worse than Mr. Eley in sophomore English. And each … [Read more...] about Rescue your proofing budget!
OK ... who'da thunk it? There's an honest-to-goodness fun holiday celebrating French fries. I'm sure all you freelance writers out there have your own story about this crunchy treat. 'Newsjack' this idea! Here's my example. Fun tale. Fast to write and post. 8-) I love McDonald's French fries. My dad and I had a McDonald's ritual we played out every … [Read more...] about It’s National French Fry Day
As a proofer, I sometimes shake my head in wonder and chuckle at word problems. This headline, for example: How Much it Costs for a Family to Live in 20 U.S. Cities "Say what?!" I thought it was difficult paying our bills, but 20 different places to keep up? The kitchen gadgets alone would kill the York budget! OK, I know the author meant 'Living Costs … [Read more...] about “Say WHAT?!”
Are you looking for a different-angle news story? I think I can help you with that. Take a look at my Fun Holiday, this month. Hurry to get it on the schedule, because International Axe Throwing Day is coming up on Wednesday. This sport takes skill, helps with fitness, and is something families can do together. What's not to love? International Axe … [Read more...] about International Axe Throwing Day
(If you'd rather listen, here's the audio.) To paraphrase the classic song, "We're just wild about Harry." For Brits and Yanks, the May 19, 2018 wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is still on our minds as this posts 18 days later. If you are a writer, you can use this topic tomorrow or 10 years from now. Readers will still know who Harry and … [Read more...] about ‘Newsjacking’ Harry and Meghan