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The Reader’s Guide to Journalists

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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

The Reader’s Guide to Journalists

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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

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. 52: All suburbs are “leafy.” They always have “well-manicured lawns.”

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April 4, 2014 at 12:23 pm

Police Blotter of the Day: Utah woman tries to commit arson using bacon, police say

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IMAGE: Cameo Crispi mugshot

(Uintah County, Utah, Sheriff’s Office)

NAPLES, Uintah County — A Uintah County woman is accused of trying to set fire to her ex-boyfriend’s home with a pound of bacon left burning on a gas stove.

And here’s the best part:

Cameo Adawn Crispi, 31, was charged Wednesday in 8th District Court with arson, a third-degree felony.

Yes. Crispi. According to police, it was a Crispi bacon attack.

Full story (KSL-TV of Salt Lake City)

Written by Alex

March 28, 2014 at 6:36 pm

The Reader’s Guide to Journalists (Cont’d)

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Rule No. 43: A “wooded area” is any place with a tree. If there are two trees, it’s a “densely wooded area.”

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March 18, 2014 at 11:07 am

The Reader’s Guide to Journalists (Cont’d)

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Rule No. 41: All immigrants are “animated” or “vibrant.” Especially women.

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Written by Alex

March 14, 2014 at 1:11 pm

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