Sunday, November 19, 2006

Cull de Sack

One for the journalists: Is there Life after Carbondale for former Southern Illinoisan Carbondale-beat reporter Nicole Sack, who recently moved West? Writing for The Californian/North County Times, her recent by-lines show she's still got it. Those breezy leads, those shapely, informative paragraphs.:
  • A world record 'shoe-in' -- a barefoot woman's shoe collection makes the Guinness Book of World Records. "It has been said that you can never have too many shoes. You can, however, have more shoes than anyone else in the world. . . . "
  • $150 million business park in the pipeline - "Developments come in all sizes. This one could be called super-sized. . . "
  • Two named to city management: "It will be musical chairs in the Temecula City manager's office during the coming weeks . . . ."

Her replacement on the Carbondale beat, Jason Lee (not that Jason Lee), is more straightforward in his leads. No cutesy stuff, but he gets his facts straight.

Scouting for Food: "Food pantries in Southern Illinois will be well stocked for the winter thanks to the efforts of thousands of area scouts during Saturday's Scouting for Food drive."

Endorsement Boosts Whitney's Campaign: "Green Party candidate Rich Whitney received his first major newspaper endorsement Tuesday morning in his run for governor, a sign that his third-party campaign has built momentum outside Southern Illinois."

Compare their Veterans Day stories:

"Communities throughout Southern Illinois saluted veterans Saturday for their service and sacrifice to the country.

In Murphysboro, American Legion Post 127 hosted a ceremony to rededicate the city's recently restored Veterans Monument in Riverside Park."
"Charles Anderson of Murrieta doesn't like to tell the grizzly stories from his service in the Marines during World War II.

He doesn't like the tales of death, the burning hillsides and crushing military force. Anderson, 82, will tell you the thing he remembers most about his three-year tour in the South Pacific from 1943-46 was that he was always wet."
Maybe the question should not be "is there life for Nicole after the Carbondale beat," but rather, "Is there life on the Carbondale beat after Nicole?"

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