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. 51: When we describe something as “cutting edge,” we mean we don’t know how it works.

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March 31, 2014 at 2:37 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)

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March 28, 2014 at 6:36 pm

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

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Rule No. 50: If the bullet wound is anywhere above the shoulders, the victim was shot “execution style.”

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March 28, 2014 at 11:36 am

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

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Rule No. 49: An “expert” is anyone who has been quoted on a subject more than once.

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March 27, 2014 at 2:07 pm

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

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Rule No. 48: If one analyst or expert disagrees, it’s a controversy.

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March 26, 2014 at 1:22 pm

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

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Rule No. 47: If an editor mentions it, then “everyone is talking about it” and you should consider it an assignment.

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March 25, 2014 at 1:21 pm

Police Blotter of the Day: Deputies: Girlfriend struck with anger management book

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Spartanburg County deputies have arrested a man who they say hit his girlfriend with a workbook from his anger management class during an argument, and she cut his arm with a boxcutter.

Full story (Spartanburg, S.C., Herald-Journal)

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March 25, 2014 at 12:58 pm

Police Blotter of the Day: New Orleans police officer arrested after leading police officers on high-speed chase

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IMAGE: NOPD Sgt. Charles Miller

(New Orleans Police Department via WDSU)

Detectives said Miller sped off in his truck and led the officer on a high-speed chase.

During the chase Miller ran a stop sign, drove through a red light, drove at speeds near 90 miles per hour and committed other traffic violations.

Full story (WDSU-TV)

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March 24, 2014 at 12:18 pm

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

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Rule No. 46: There are only two kinds of gunfire: “sporadic” or “rapid-fire.”

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March 24, 2014 at 11:43 am

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

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Rule No. 45: Any gathering of more than two journalists at a presser or crime scene is a “media circus.”

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Written by Alex

March 20, 2014 at 4:14 pm