Tales of the City Room
TALES OF THE CITY ROOM
THE CITY ROOM
ELIZABETH G. JORDAN
Charles Scribner's Sons
By Charles Scribner's Sons.
John Wilson and Son, Cambridge, Mass.,
My Father and Mother
WILLIAM F. AND MARGARITA G. JORDAN
IN stories of newspaper life, "local color" calls for the colloquially technical expressions employed in a newspaper office. Since they are not many, but are constantly used, it may be well to state in a prefatory note their meanings, in order to avoid putting them between quotation marks whenever they occur.
In newspaper parlance, a reporter takes his "assignment" from the "city editor" and goes out to work up his " story." The "city editor" is the editor in charge of city news. An "assignment" is the subject a reporter is detailed to report upon. A "story" is almost any article in a newspaper except an editorial one. If the other papers fail to get a "story" which one has secured, it is called a "beat" or "exclusive." If the facts a story presents exist nowhere else, it is called a "fake." The manuscript of the story is called "copy," and is submitted to "copy-readers," whose function is to cut, correct, or sometimes re-write it. The place where the city editor and the reporters have their desks is called the "city room."
The editor-in-chief holds sway over the entire staff. He represents the owner of the newspaper, and directs its editorial policy. Next to him in importance is the managing editor, whose chief executive officers are the city editor, the night editor, and the night city editor. The Sunday editor is responsible for the special features of the Sunday edition, and under him are numerous sub-editors in charge of various departments.
Page Ruth Herrick's Assignment 1 The Love Affair of Chesterfield, Jr. 33 At the Close of the Second Day 57 The Wife of the Candidate 79 Mrs. Ogilvie's Local Color 105 From the Hand of Dolorita 121 The Passing of Hope Abbott 151 A Point of Ethics 163 A Romance of the City Room 185 Miss Van Dyke's Best Story 209