M. Alex Johnson – Journalist at Large

An analog journalist in a digital world

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gateRule No. 57: Adding “-gate” to a noun means we think something’s fishy here but no one’s been convicted yet.

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September 25, 2014 at 11:56 am

This is what the ‘M.’ stands for, and here’s why I use it

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AJ in Rome-WoodcutThis blog was dead for about three months while I tried to work out a DNS conflict with my host. It’s back now only after I decided to throw in the towel and park it at WordPress.

To celebrate this auspicious return, I thought I’d answer the question I’m most often asked: Why the hell is your byline M. Alex Johnson?

Until about four years ago, I thought journalists who tacked an initial in front of their name — an initial initial, so to speak — were pompous. Then two things happened:

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September 18, 2014 at 7:54 pm

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Rule No. 56: All heroes are “unsung” up until the moment they appear on morning network television.

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September 18, 2014 at 11:27 am

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Rule No. 55: A person is “well-known” if spell-check doesn’t underline his or her name in red.

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September 17, 2014 at 3:16 pm

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Rule No. 54: “At first glance” means we started with this lede, but the reporting didn’t pan out.

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September 17, 2014 at 2:05 pm

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Rule No. 53: Any place that isn’t New York, Boston, Los Angeles or San Francisco is “the heartland.”

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April 10, 2014 at 1:53 pm

Police Blotter of the Day: Suspect says that’s not my pot — it was already in the car when I stole it

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Douglas Glidden (Androscoggin County Jail via Sun Journal)

LIVERMORE FALLS — Police said a Jay man was adamant that the marijuana police found in the car he was driving was not his because he had just stolen the car.

Full story (Franklin, Maine, Sun Journal)

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April 10, 2014 at 12:08 pm

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