10 December 2013

May I copy edit your chyrons?

Days When I Love Twitter...

When I can copy edit broadcast news chyrons in real time, and get real-time results.

With respect to chyron editors everywhere, who likely are going straight to air with a first draft of on-air IDs, etc., you don't even have to be a copy editor to spot errors on a regular basis: misspellings, misuse and, worst of all, mistakes that introduce confusion, such as a typo in a state abbreviation.

It's a remote spot, the reporter framed by a quaint Main Street background, covered in ice and snow, and the chyron IDs it as Fort Smith, AK. Begging the question, why is the news leading off with a snowstorm in Alaska?

15 August 2013

Vintage Clips: Belfast Photographers -- On the Front Lines Every Day

Photo District News, 1992

On a trip to Ireland in 1991, I took a train from Dublin, the world's largest village, to Belfast, center of conflict between Irish Nationalists and U.K. Loyalists. It was just before Christmas, when bombings -- and thus checkpoints and police presence -- typically peaked, and it would be seven more years before the "Good Friday" Agreement would signal an end to "The Troubles." It felt to me like it may as well have been the Soviet Union. It didn't feel "free," from the perspective of a 20-something American in the pre-9/11 world. Three newspaper photographers -- Alan Lewis, Hugh Russell and Trevor Dixon -- spoke to me about the challenges of shooting even the most mundane events, never knowing when they might erupt in violence, and of balancing their personal political feelings with getting the best, most newsworthy shot.

14 August 2013

Vintage Clips: The Irish Romance of Mike Bunn

Photo District News, 1992

At a time when interest in Irish cuisine, fashion and art was enjoying a renaissance, I visited with photographer Mike Bunn, who was bringing the three together in his ethereal images. He had recently published his first book, Ireland: The Taste and the Country, and was regularly shooting up-and-coming Irish designers and artists. Within a few years the Irish economy would become the Celtic Tiger of the European Union, but when we met, Eire was still on the cusp between the dewy twilight of Yeats' vision and the modern economic leader of the late 90s. Check out Bunn's work on his Facebook page.

13 August 2013

Vintage Clips: Web 101

Computerworld, 1996

In the spring of 1996, I went back to high school. At Sachem High in Ronkonkoma, Long Island, I spent a day shadowing a 17-year-old who had mobilized his fellow students to build a school website and changed the way students and teachers communicated. Vinny Pasceri's Webslingers was among the first of its kind during a time when you still had to ask traditional brick-and-mortar companies, "Do you have a website?" Today Pasceri is a senior member of Microsoft's Bing development team in Seattle. Follow him on Twitter: @vinnypasceri.

12 August 2013

Vintage Clips: The Webbing of the President

Computerworld, 1996

The 1996 presidential election saw the emergence of the Web as a serious campaign tool, giving voters new opportunities to be seduced by populism or put off by propaganda.

08 August 2013

Vintage Clips: Programming Pioneer

Computerworld, 1996

On the prowl in the East Village, summer 1996, with James Altucher, who created one of the Web's first TV series, III:am, for HB0. Catch up with Altucher today at his blog, James Altucher Confidential.

13 May 2013


Take a trip uptown around dusk tonight (May 13), and join the opening
reception for the City College 2013 Alumni and Student Biennial Exhibition. Hosted by the college's alumni association, the show features works by 18 students and alumni going back to the class of 1949 (Len Speier).
The exhibit has already begun and runs through June 30, but you can meet the artists at tonight’s event. Among the highlights: Upper West Side photographer and multimedia artist Kelly Irwin (class of 2000) will be on hand with her art car, an ongoing collaboration with artist Linus Coraggio.
Read more at MsManhattan.net...

06 May 2013


Seeing-Eye People for Texters: A faux city service whose time has come? Watch the Time Out New York video I posted at MsManhattan.net.

Meanwhile, this live tweet, posted during Broadcasting & Cable's Women of New York event on May 2, captured my favorite moment of last week:

And the EVP of NBCUniversal said so forthrightly, unapologetically and without hesitation. While the moderators had lightheartedly promised to bounce anyone who live-tweeted during the event -- a move intended to foster complete candor among the high-profile female media executives on the panels -- Zalaznick gave her full permission for the crowd to trumpet her proclamation. Thank you, Ms. Zalaznick!

22 April 2013


For Earth Day, I decided to further my quest for truth in recycling, this time
taking a cold, hard look at my own numbers: How do I measure up when it comes to my own recycling habits? I continue to learn I’m not nearly as green as I think I am.

Continue reading at MsManhattan.net.

19 April 2013


I've posted new content at MsManhattan.net. Please stop by and give it a read!

Truth in Recycling NYC
New Yorkers put out between 366,000 and 423,000 tons of mixed-paper recyclables and between 250,000 and 331,000 tons of bottle-and-can recyclables each year. But are you recycling correctly? And what if you're not? Can you do more harm than good if you recycle something you shouldn’t?

Guide to Recycling NYC, Part 1
This first part of a three-part series spotlighting resources available at WasteLe$$, a comprehensive guide to recycling in the city, links you to the online facts on household recyclables, including how to separate and sort them for effective curbside recycling.

15 April 2013


Thanks for stopping by the newly launched lesliejayegoff.com. Have a look around at my work experience, watch my videos, and visit my other sites, including the MsManhattan blog, relaunching today with an updated look-and feel, improved navigation and fresh content. Follow me on Twitter, connect with me on LinkedIn, email me. I'm available for writing, editing and film/video production jobs in the Greater New York Area.