M. Alex Johnson – Journalist at Large

An analog journalist in a digital world

The Reader’s Guide to Journalists

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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

The Reader’s Guide to Journalists

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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

The Reader’s Guide to Journalists

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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

Of COURSE It’s Florida: Topless thong-clad woman vandalizes McDonald’s

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IMAGE: Security camera video

Of COURSE there’s video. (Pinellas Park, Fla., police via WFLA-TV)

Topless thong-clad woman vandalizes Pinellas Park McDonald’s

A Pinellas Park woman shown topless and wearing a thong as she vandalizes a Pinellas Park McDonald’s was arrested for criminal mischief.

Full story (WFLA-TV)

Written by Alex

April 8, 2014 at 12:28 pm

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Rule No. 52: All suburbs are “leafy.” They always have “well-manicured lawns.”

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Written by Alex

April 4, 2014 at 12:23 pm

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Rule No. 51: When we describe something as “cutting edge,” we mean we don’t know how it works.

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Written by Alex

March 31, 2014 at 2:37 pm

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