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Wednesday, August 27, 1969


Page Nine

Wednesday, August 27, 1 969 THE MICHIGAN DAILY Page Nine

A lot of snazzy things happen
around the clock at The Daily.
At 2:03 a.m., for example, one
may find an intense bridge
game going on amid half-as-
sembled news stories from the
Associated Press and the de-
carbonated vestiges of the coun-
try's only nickel cokes (Greedier
staff members play poker.)
Or a cursory glance around
the 420 Maynard St. office at
8:15 p.m. is likely to reveal a
brief struggle between two hun-
gry staff members over the last
piece of a half sausage, half
anchovies pizza from the nearby
Greek pizza restaurant.
But much of the time, we
spend our hours publishing six
newspapers weekly from Sep-
tember to April and five a week
during the summer.
Although The Daily is a col-
lege newspaper, we also print na-
tional or world stories. The Daily
is the only morning paper in
Ann Arbor and has the latest
deadline in the state.
However, the bulk of Daily
stories come from the campus
or the city and are written by
Daily staff members of all f
shapes, sizes and abilities. c
Some people say there's no 1
substitute for experience, but
any interested student can work k
on The Daily although he may p
never have worked on a news-
paper before.a
If you can hold a pencil, read e






In addition, if other trainees
are just beginning their tenure
with The Daily, you will be in
charge of delegating to them
the duties you just left behind.
Copy editing, a salaried posi-
tion, lies in a store for promoted
ANE's. This involves going
through national news from the
Associated Press and condensing
important stories into four or
five inch summaries. Copy Edi-
tors also stay on hand to help
Night Editors edit local stories.
The real fun comes when you
become an actual Night Editor,
and the front page and a salary
increase belongs to you. After a
brief training period during
which you are assisted by a
senior Night Editor, you t a k e
over the responsibility for the
copy, the layout, and the pro-
duction of page one.
It becomes very gratifying to
produce the final, complete
page, and provides a real les-
son in meeting deadlines each
time you work.
Besides, there's always t h e
bridge game after you lock the
paper at 1:50 a.m. And you
even get your name as Night
Editor on the editorial page so
everyone knows who to con-
gratulate or blame.
And hopefully, if you're still
with us by now, you will be-
come, at last, a Senior Editor-
running the paper, making edi-
torial and news decisions and
outranking other staff members
for the last hunk of pizza.
Unlike most college newspap-
ers, The Daily is run entirely by
students. The University does
own the building and equipment
and the members of the produc-
tion crew are professionals. But
all decisions are made exclus-
ively by students.
Before last January, the Board
in Control of Student Publica-
tions had official say over the
appointment of Senior Editors
and controlled financial opera-
tions. Normally no dissension
between the Daily and the
board existed, but in 1967, t h e
board refused to approve t h e

appointment of Roger Rapo-
port as Editor.
After The Daily refused to re-
scind its appointment, the
board eventually accepted Ra-
Such controversies can no
longer occur, however. At their
January 1969 meeting, the Re-
gents restructured the renamed
board-now the Board for Stu-
dent Publications - and elim-
inated its power to approve
Senior Editor appointments.
The board still controls fin-
ancial operations but only acts

in advisory capacity in editor
The new board is composed of
students, and faculty and pro-
fessional journalists selected by
the administration from a list
submitted by the Daily,
420 Maynard is really a very
nice place. Although we have
lots of paper, pencils, glue,
nickle cokes, and four telephone
lines to boot, we can't promise
Mae West.
But when you get to Ann Ar-
bor, why don't you come up and
see us some time?



Saround in

E d it cltie

AT 2:30 A.M., Daily Pressman Lauren Kinsley makes a casting
of the morning's front page. Soon 10,000 copies of The Daily
will be flowing from our Goss Unitube press, one of them des-
tined for your doorstep or mailbox.

A perpetual toast to sports

Associate Sports Editor
A very drunk man stood in an almost empty
bar sipping a high-powered martini. The b a r
tender slowly wiped shot glasses until t h e y
Sparkled in the dim light.
Then a well dressed kangaroo walked in the
door. The bouncy fellow spun around, hopped up
the front wall, across the ceiling, down the back
wall and up to the bar. As the be-furred tippler
pouched up to the rail, he ordered the bar-keep,
"A high-ball. please."
The bartender complied without so much as
a second glance.
But the drunk's mouth had dropped open
fortunately he was able to pick it up?, his eyes
bugged wide in a stare of pure incredulity.
The kangaroo drank the mix with a barely
audible gulp and ordered another and downed it
in the same manner. He then paid his bill, hop-
ped to the rear of the establishment, up the wall,
across the ceiling again. down the front wall and
out the door.
The drunk slobbered, stammered and finally
aked the bartender. in an effort to reassert
c'00l he had never had, "Didn'tsshew not'ce any-
thin' odd 'bout that lash fella?"
"Yeah," replied the bar-keep with a shrug,
"he didnt say good night."
If you've read this far then you're ready -. .
ready to join The Daily Sports Staff-
Like the kangaroo, we don't say good night
much either. But we do say good morning a lot.
That's because we work so late, often til two in
the AM. You might think with working so late
we don't go to many classes. You're right. A re-
cent poll of sports freaks disclosed t h a t the
staff's total class attendance for a "good week
was four hours.
This is a lie, we do go to a few more classes
and lap up the wisdom cast forth in lectures of
300 students or more, but not many.
We play poker, get drunk and bull shit a lot.
Sometimes we talk about music, on other occas-
ions movies and, oh yes, even sports.
Sports isn't what's fun about the sports staff
it's the sports staff. Some are a mountain of
information on sports. Just ask, "How many bas-

es did Billy Bruton steal in 1957." Well, maybe
you'd better stick to who won the Super Bowl
Some even hate sports. In fact, quite a few
hate sports.
In spite of, or perhaps because of various
quirks in staff members the sports pages come
out every morning containing all those goodies
the campus has been sitting in a sweat over.
As a staffer, you get to cover such exciting
sports as football, basketball and hockey. But as
a new staffer you sleep through intramural
cross-country meets, and write s u c h exciting
features as "Why Michigan should compete in
Inter-collegiate fencing." di
That's just the writing end. The edit p~art is
just as important, for without it no one would
have a Daily to read while eating peanut butter
First, you are a trainee. You write picture
captions, or - as they say in the business -
"cut-lines," learn to write headlines ("heads")
and all sorts of other fascinating stuff. Peruse
these classic heads:
"Wrestlers must third to catch up"
"Ritual snack gives Brown gas - to win"
"Tigers take Birds in hand and Busch"
Unfortunately the next two were not printed.
The first after the sixth game of the World Ser-
ies. Detroit had beaten St. Louis 13-1. The sec-
ond was junked after the Michigan-Ohio State
football game.
"'Tigers distill bats and run drunk with pow-
And .
"On to the Rose Bowl"
After a while you are promoted to the post of
Training Night Editor (TNE> to learn some of
the more intricate aspects of putting the paper
Then, after a stint as a TNE you are promot-
ed to the exalted position of Night Editor. In this
position y o u are responsible for determining
what the next day's pages look like and to a
great extent what's in them.
If you can stand the place until your fourth
year at the 'U' then you may well become some
kind of Senior Editor.
And if you're still reading this then you're
really ready, though I'm not sure for what,


rom left to right, apply rubber
ement on paper in a straight
horizontal line, we can use you.
If you can type, you get a free
kiss from the editor of the ap-
propriate gender.)
There is plenty to do here,
and you can work your way lit-
'rally from the bottom up. All
rainees, regardless of previous
'xperience, start their Daily
'areers in the shop on the first
loor proofreading stories for
he next day's paper and then
move to the second floor for
more advanced work.
After becoming sufficiently
familiar with the standard copy
'orrection code, trainees take
on creative endeavors-writing
catchy, pithy, appropos headlines
or stories. Essentially this
means finding five or six precise
words to sum up 30 inches of
It is, indeed, a test of in-
genuitiy--Roget's Thesaurus is

Editor Henry (rix
banned from the premises al-
though in a tight spot consul-
tation with Webster's Dictionary
is permitted.
After a few days of being a
bonafied trainee, the real stuff
begins. You'll get your first
story assignment complete with
names of people to see, suggest-
ions of questions to ask and an
idea or two on how to construct
the eventual finished product.
When you have demonstrated
the talent they always told you
was there, you will be promoted
to an assistant night editor'
(ANE. This entitles you to as-
sist the Night Editor, who is
responsible for the paper on a
particular night, with producing
the news pages.
The work, although similar to
trainee proofreading and head-
line writing, involves significant-
ly greater responsibility.

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