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Four or five lifetimes of memories.

I just inherited literally a large garbage bag of wartime government documents, newspaper cutouts, photos and other memorabilia from Russia and Ukraine ca. 1910-1970. What do I do with the stuff I don't want, and also how do I fumigate it? [more inside]
posted by griphus on Jul 21, 2014 - 14 answers

Aside from moving, is there any way to outsmart a newspaper thief?

Someone has twice stolen my Saturday newspaper edition, which includes the coupons, Target ad, etc. I live in a high-rise apartment building in Crystal City, Arlington with at least 20 other residences on the same floor. I am fairly certain it was stolen (not a missed delivery), because the following Sunday paper is always present. Have you ever successfully outwitted a newspaper thief, or resolved it through communication with the carrier, and how did you do it? The newspaper is the Washington Post. Thanks to all in advance. [more inside]
posted by invisible ink on Apr 13, 2014 - 18 answers

Can I eat newspaper?

Can I Eat This-filter, with a twist. We are doing a sort of Futurist cookbook style dinner which will feature a number of experimental, non-traditional meals. I am planning to make a Casserole of Declining Print Media, which will be a regular lentil stew with strips of various newspapers added just before serving. Will people die if they eat a few bits of newspaper? I figure its OK because don't English people wrap their chips in it?
posted by dontjumplarry on Mar 14, 2014 - 42 answers

Life Magazine? Article About A Violent Pair of Addicts

I'm searching for an ethnographic, non-fiction article about two young homeless addicts, one a white male and one a pregnant black female. I believe, but am not certain, it was published decades ago in Life Magazine and that I found it through Longform.org. I'll put as many (possibly triggering, definitely unpleasant) details as I can inside. [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana on Feb 12, 2014 - 1 answer

Help me apply for this news reporter job

I plan to apply for a job that I'm overqualified for but need desperately...and I've been out of the journalism field for several years because of the economy and some personal issues. I need help to not look like a desperate failure when I apply. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 7, 2013 - 6 answers

Name that reincarnation novel

Trying to name a novel where a couple finds each other throughout different lives/reincarnations by placing newspaper ads. [more inside]
posted by Flannery Culp on Oct 1, 2013 - 6 answers

WordPress theme for college newspaper?

The website for my college newspaper is undergoing a bit of an overhaul and we were looking for a good WordPress theme to replace our current one. It should be simple, with a header image, something to feature a "front page" story as well as categorical images for sports, campus events, etc.
posted by rmttws on Sep 19, 2013 - 2 answers

Technology aids to help grandma get more out of life?

My grandmother is in her mid-90s now. She's still fairly active, but her eyes bother her, and I've seen that take away two of the basic pleasures of her life. One is reading the newspaper. She can only read the headlines now. The other is mahjong. The combination of light and script on the tiles make her uncomfortable. [more inside]
posted by Borborygmus on Jul 26, 2013 - 7 answers

Which Selling Platform is Best?

I am working on a list since 2004 that I think would be salable. It's publicly available contact information for radio, TV, magazines, syndicates, newspapers, book publishers and agents. I'm a freelancer and I originally started it because I wanted to be able to reach these sources to interest them in my content. But I realized it could be a product. [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind on Jun 27, 2013 - 4 answers

I would like to have a collection of Dan Neil's fascinating auto reviews

Dan Neil wrote for the Raleigh News and Observer years ago (the 90s?), turning automobile review columns into art both surreal and life-affirming. I loved it, even though I hate cars. I want to buy a book of some of his reviews from that era, but I don't think it exists. Any ideas on how I could get some of his writings from that era? [more inside]
posted by amtho on Jun 5, 2013 - 3 answers

Help me track down this data-scanning monster.

This drawing or graphic appeared in the print section of either the Washington Post or the New York Times on Saturday or Sunday, May 11-12 (my house gets both papers on Sundays and inevitably mixes them up). All sections were put out for the recycle bin Monday before I could clip the article. [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on May 14, 2013 - 1 answer

Examples of print newspapers that use photographs particularly well.

I'm looking for examples of newspapers that use photographs particularly well -- for both quality storytelling images and strong design that showcases/utilizes news photographs well. [more inside]
posted by rinosaur on Feb 18, 2013 - 6 answers

looking for website with curated news headlines only, for end of day

a few months ago someone I follow tweeted a link to a website that curates and displays only the latest news headlines and top stories. I found this thread (http://ask.metafilter.com/192456/A-better-newspaper) on MF but the site is not listed there. This is a fairly new and probably still obscure site, but I loved the look of it and would like to find it again and seemed to have lost the bookmark. I cannot find it on google because the search terms are so generic. This was an extremely CLEAN site, black on white (i believe) with attractive type, no (or very few/discreet) ads, and nothing fancy going on in terms of media or anything like that. Similar to "theweek.com" in terms of content but nowhere near as busy visually. any help would be appreciated.
posted by denaps on Feb 12, 2013 - 2 answers

Anon postings free speech?

I am curious if anonymous postings are protected as free speech. [more inside]
posted by lasamana on Dec 18, 2012 - 13 answers

Should I write guidelines for my obituary?

Should I write guidelines for my obituary? [more inside]
posted by lankford on Nov 30, 2012 - 26 answers

Looking for a Jeanne Gang quote

I'm looking for a quote by architect Jeanne Gang I read in an article about her last year, and my Google-fu is failing me. Help me, hivemind. [more inside]
posted by dw on Sep 28, 2012 - 3 answers

What should I do with these old newspapers?

Should I save old newspapers? [more inside]
posted by chocolate_butch on Sep 28, 2012 - 13 answers

Where can I buy (recently) past editions of newspapers from around the US/world?

Any resources for purchasing newspapers from around the US and the world for a specific, fairly recent date? As many different editions as possible desirable; I'm making a time capsule for a friend's new baby! [more inside]
posted by penduluum on Aug 3, 2012 - 4 answers

Early Newspaper Comic Strips

I have the full run of the Krazy Kat comics and really enjoy them. Does anyone have recommendations on other interesting or noteworthy early newspaper comic strips? Also, where can I find collected runs of these comics (used or new, in or out of print)? I would also be interested in any book that provides a readable overview of early newspaper comic strips. [more inside]
posted by Falconetti on Jun 1, 2012 - 21 answers

How to create a tablet magazine

Converting a paper magazine to a tablet magazine: What do you have to keep in mind, and what are easy ways to do this? [more inside]
posted by lord_yo on Apr 16, 2012 - 5 answers

Toronto Art Director seeks job in NYC: What are the costs?

How hard will it be for me to find work in New York City in an Art Direction role with a boutique design firm or major news-media organization? (Looking for a fresh 2012 / Canadian to NYC / Design approach, if possible) [more inside]
posted by mistertoronto on Mar 21, 2012 - 3 answers

Where can I find a (possibly newspaper) picture from 9/11/01?

After the terrorist events of Sept. 11, 2001, I remember seeing a photo of Disney World being evacuated. I've since not been able to find it, but would love to find it again. [more inside]
posted by lea724 on Mar 20, 2012 - 6 answers

I need Newspaper Design Guidelines For Dummies

Help me make this one-time design job for a newspaper ad job go off without a hitch. [more inside]
posted by OlivesAndTurkishCoffee on Mar 14, 2012 - 4 answers

Best way to tell whether an online news article was published in print

At work I am often asked whether a news story on a website appeared in print, and we need to know within a quick timeframe. We do not have Lexis Nexis or any other such database for me to check against and there's no chance that we'll have money in our budget to buy a subscription. Usually I resort to using Press Display, but they don't have every paper. Is there an online resource for me to use to determine what was published in print? [more inside]
posted by forkisbetter on Feb 17, 2012 - 12 answers

Is it better to be demoted for my own sanity, or to stay miserable until I can jump ship?

Should I ask for a demotion? Or keep sucking it up while I look for the next big thing? I'm a newspaper editor who hates her job and would like to be a reporter again. [more inside]
posted by croutonsupafreak on Dec 7, 2011 - 13 answers

Looking for an OCR program that will handle batch processing and columns automatically.

We're looking for an OCR program that will handle batch processing and columns automatically. [more inside]
posted by pahool on Nov 28, 2011 - 5 answers

How do you make seemingly boring interviews interesting for an online and print audience?

How do you make seemingly boring interviews interesting for an online and print audience? [more inside]
posted by jacobean on Oct 5, 2011 - 14 answers

Can you explain this old convention regarding days and dates?

Please explain these old newspaper customs regarding days and dates. [more inside]
posted by entropicamericana on Sep 13, 2011 - 4 answers

Numbers in the news

What's that quote? Something about each statistic in a news article reducing readership by x%. I can't for the life of me remember the exact words and who said it.
posted by tavegyl on Sep 7, 2011 - 4 answers

Back issues of the Providence Phoenix

I need every back issue from 2000-2010 (weekly) of the Providence Phoenix. I've checked with the public libraries in Providence and Cramston, but they only keep the issues for 6 months. What's my best option now?
posted by scunning on Aug 31, 2011 - 9 answers

WANTED: better headlines

How can I write better headlines for my college newspaper? [more inside]
posted by gypsyhymns on Aug 22, 2011 - 9 answers

A better newspaper?

What is the best way to get informed on the top news stories once a day, besides reading a physical newspaper? [more inside]
posted by smackfu on Aug 3, 2011 - 15 answers

I'm drawing a blank.

I seem to have volunteered to write a regular newspaper column on the Arts in my local community. I have a mentor who will find topics for me and introduce me to the right people. What I need now is resources / examples and anything that I might not have thought to ask about (including pitching to the paper).
posted by b33j on Jul 22, 2011 - 3 answers

Letters page: are anti-gay letters OK in your community? Uncomfortably, it seems they are in mine.

Are letters opposing homosexuality on religious grounds acceptable in your local newspaper? [more inside]
posted by priorpark17 on Jul 19, 2011 - 33 answers

Article about a debt collector - help me find it

Help me find...an article about the owner of a small debt collection agency. Came out within the past few years. Described the business from his perspective. [more inside]
posted by quinoa on May 31, 2011 - 2 answers

A newspaper's issues (in more ways than one)

High-school-drama-filter: I've recently been named one of two new editors-in-chief of my high school newspaper. Less than one week into my tenure, I already have to deal with nasty issues involving next year's EIC candidates, editor successions, and angry staff threatening to quit. Long and complicated explanation inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 19, 2011 - 20 answers

What is this weird stuff in my newspaper?

What is this weird looking tape-like stuff in the middle of the business section of my New York Times? [more inside]
posted by pwb503 on May 16, 2011 - 8 answers

What software was used to create this graphic?

What software was used to create this graphic? [more inside]
posted by jacobean on May 1, 2011 - 8 answers

I need newspapers. Lots of them.

Where can I get a big stack of newspapers for free/cheap? Or other garden mulch substrate. [more inside]
posted by Big_B on Feb 8, 2011 - 14 answers

Where can find I data for TV ratings and/or newspaper sales before, during and after September 11th, 2001?

Where can find I data for TV ratings and/or newspaper sales before, during and after September 11th, 2001?
posted by FuckingAwesome on Feb 8, 2011 - 1 answer

Help me get hired as a journalist for a daily paper

Got a job interview at a reputable daily newspaper. Yay! Could you help me prepare? [more inside]
posted by mkdirusername on Jan 22, 2011 - 7 answers

Stop giving me free newspapers!

I pay for the NYTimes to be delivered on Sunday. The problem: it comes every day, and I don't want it. [more inside]
posted by theflash on Jan 11, 2011 - 8 answers

How is the NY Times on your iPad?

I live somewhere without delivery of decent newspapers e.g. nytimes. How good are the iPad versions of various newspapers: are they delivered electronically on time, do they have all/most of the content of the paper (i.e. color photos) edition, etc.? Bonus: do the major newspapers have decent Android versions?
posted by ennui.bz on Dec 13, 2010 - 12 answers

News about any and all countries?

What, if any, English-speaking website will give me news about all of the world's nations? [more inside]
posted by reductiondesign on Dec 5, 2010 - 16 answers

Did newspaper obits ever darken or alter the pupils of the deceased person's photograph?

Book-finder filter: trying to locate a novel that included this weird, probably invented, practice of old newspaper obituaries: the stock portrait of the deceased person is altered to darken the pupils. Intention was to cancel out the reflection from the eyes. Does this sound familiar to anyone? I've tried searching Gale, Google, and the mssg. board on the Thanatos Archives. [more inside]
posted by wowbobwow on Oct 19, 2010 - 5 answers

What are the best articles ever published by Harper's magazine?

What are your favorite articles in the index of Harper's magazine? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Oct 14, 2010 - 16 answers

Need help organizing photos and text

I have been the sole writer/editor for a small, free, newspaper for a couple of years. I have kept all original .doc files and published and unpublished photos. What I am looking for is software that will organize both pictures and text. It is easy to find organizing software for images, but not for photos and text. Does software like this even exist? Any help is appreciated.
posted by razorian on Aug 22, 2010 - 9 answers

Google is dangerous

My sister has a stalker and there is information about her online that she cannot remove. Help! [more inside]
posted by alternateuniverse on Aug 20, 2010 - 38 answers

How much can I expect for a short travel article?

I'm submitting a 1,000 word travel article to my local paper. What kind of payment could I expect? [more inside]
posted by Black Spring on Jun 28, 2010 - 11 answers

Information wants to be free, at least for the next month or so...

Someone just called me asking if they could deliver free copies of The National Post for a month's trial period. Apparently I am under no obligation to renew or pay for a subscription, and they gave me a phone number and ID of the telemarketer who called me if I want to cancel. Issues of politics and/or newspaper quality aside, would I be getting myself into any trouble if I said yes to this supposedly strings-free offer?
posted by spoobnooble on Jun 15, 2010 - 10 answers

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