The Jackdaw Journal
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jack-daw [JAK-dah], n. 1. a glossy, black, European bird, corvus monedula, of the crow family, that nests in towers, ruins, etc.; has a proclivity to collect bright objects that attract its attention; can include bits of ice, things round or square, twigs, filaments of light bulbs; specialist on the lookout of what fits the construction of its nest.

jackdaw journal [JAK-dah JERN-al], n. 1. a repository of bright objects — wit, wisdom and whimsey — collected and/or created by Michael McKinney.   2. a web log or blog





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Joe McNally on Creativity

February 27, 2008

Joe McNally is a photographer and photojournalist. In discussing his new book he made this comment that gets to the heart of creativity and good communication. “Getting your camera in a different place is very crucial because the world is much seen. So if you can just put a twist on some already expressed situation you’re gaining ground photographically.”

McNally has a blog and talks about his new book, The Moment It Clicks, here.

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Don't let the door hit you on the way out!

March 28, 2007

Charles Chapin, the notorious (he also went to Sing Sing for murdering his wife of 39 years) city editor of Joseph Pulitzer's New York Evening World, stocked the Evening World's rewrite desk with such talents as
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Irvin S. Cobb, a man not known for excessive solicitude. One day word reached the newsroom that Chapin was ill. "Dear me," Cobb famously remarked, "let us hope it's nothing trivial."

The fearsome and despotic Chapin achieved some of his renown for the sheer number of reporters he fired - 108 - usually for showing up slightly late and with a flimsy excuse. A good, fast-paced and captivating biography of Charles E. Chapin (1858-1930) is The Rose Man of Sing Sing: A True Tale of Life, Murder, and Redemption in the Age of Yellow Journalism by James McGrath Morris.

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