As we all know, a door has two sides. Every Tuesday, we explore the newsroom side of The Door (of Shame, Blame and Brilliance) here at the Siuslaw News. Not only because the other side has a commode, but also because, on the newsroom side, journalists since the 1970s have been attaching the best and worst headlines, photos, news stories and cutlines with glue, paste, tape and, in one case, a glob of a hardened substance with a wiry hair in it.
As always, we begin our visit to The Door by repeating those very words uttered by the first person to pass beyond The Door to the other side. However, since those words were drowned out by a flushing sound, we have done our best to re-create them here. So join hands and, while speaking in a monotone voice similar to someone beginning to realize their explanation in traffic court is super lame, repeat after me:
The Door is a beacon, drawing us into the jagged rocks of journalism.
Again, no one has actually ever said those words. But as any journalist will tell you, adding quote marks changes all that.
Let us begin.
This week’s artifact comes from May 1995, when the Coquille Valley Sentinel printed the following headline in a font size generally reserved for a declaration of war, national emergency or announcing the latest American Idol winner. In this case, it seems the headline is a little overkill for what appears to be a job opening within the police department.
From what I understand, despite a record number of applications, the position was filled from within.