Monday, January 02, 2006

mother says she loves you? check it out

If your mother says she loves you, check it out was the motto of the now-defunct Chicago City News, a 24-hour wire service focused on police and "ambulance chaser" stories. Its run ended with the turn of the new year, according to an item here in today's Washington Post. Such top writers as Seymour Hersh and Kurt Vonnegut learned how to report in detail, and its reporters were encouraged to note the colors of dead infants' eyes or the socks of corpses. Is your writing that full of detail? Do you check your facts with rigor? Don't make these traditions that departed with 2005. Ask us about our writing coaching services at

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