Since last week’s posting of The Door (of Shame, Blame and Brilliance), I have received hundreds of emails from concerned readers asking if we followed up on the tip, which was about a potential murderer staying at a local hotel, brought to us by a woman who said she heard “murdering noises” from the room above her, and that, as our office girl Misty noted: “I think she was hearing them again while standing in our office lobby.”
And as it turns out, all 358 emails were from NBC Dateline’s Keith Morrison who, like countless other television correspondents, is seeking an exclusive to The Door in our newsroom. It was actually Misty who made the realization that Morrison was behind all the emails when, while checking our general voicemail box, she heard the message: Just checking to see if you got all the eeeemails I sent. This is an anonymous call by the wayyyyy.
“Hey,” said Misty, “isn’t that the creepy guy from Dateline Mysteries?”
So as it stands, The Door remains safe from Morrison, as well as Barbara Walters, Geraldo Rivera, Morley Safer and Anderson Cooper, each of whom has taken a crack at getting the exclusive to what Diane Sawyer described as “An awe-inspiring body of journalism… which reminds me, where’s Chris Cuomo?”
For anyone who, for reasons that may be too embarrassing to admit, might be visiting for the first time, I should explain that The Door is home to a collection of newspaper clippings taped there by reporters at Siuslaw News since the 1970s. It is an ongoing effort to highlight the best and worst examples of print journalism from around Oregon while, simultaneously, insulating any sounds coming from people who use the commode on the other side.
Before we get to this week’s exhibit, we must join hands as always and, in a monotoned voice similar to anyone who thinks they may have been with Miley Cyrus without being tested, repeat the following words:
The Door is a beacon, drawing us into the jagged rocks of journalism.
This week’s entry is unique because you will, for the first time, not only see what our editor’s printing looks like, but also why her insight and feedback has elevated her to our news team’s most influential position. As the editor, she inspects each page before it is sent to press by carefully reading over them and, when necessary, using her mighty red pen to make changes or offer input gleaned from her years of experience. What follows is just one example of her astute observation regarding a headline…
See what I mean?
It’s okay if you got goosebumps; I usually just put on a jacket.