Reporters Are From Mars,
Editors Are From Uranus

Getting Around the Block:
Deadline Writing Strategies

Heavenly Body Copy
From Down-to-Earth Reporting


VENUS

AND

MARS

IN THE

NEWSROOM

A presentation to the
Society of Professional Journalists
1996 Writers' Workshops
Phoenix, AZ
Indianapolis, IN

By Stephen Rynkiewicz

Reporters and editors follow different orbits. A veteran veteran Chicago newspaper editor invokes the harmony of the spheres to suggest how journalists should adopt the best of each discipline.

(c) Copyright 1996, 1998
Stephen Rynkiewicz
1937 W. Thomas St.
Chicago, IL 60622

Mars

Mars, god of reporters

The avenger of wrongs and protector of Rome acts aggressively, probing for weakness, building a plan of action.

Mars is the namesake of a cold, windy planet marked by visible networking. The Martian day is 24 hours long.

Uranus

Uranus, god of editors

Uranus personifies the blue sky of heaven emerging from Chaos. From his blood Giants are created, from his loins the nurturing goddess Aphrodite, connected in myth to Venus.

With a stormy upper atmosphere of superconductive cold, the the planet Uranus is surrounded by detritus that keeps observers from getting close enough to take measure of its superheated heart. A day on Uranus is 17 hours long.

Venus

Venus, the protoeditor

Venus inspires the nurturing editor, the admirer of the well-turned phrase. The goddess of fields and gardens represents the sensibility that allows editors to cultivate their writers' work.

The nighttime sky's most brilliant object is a high-pressure environment with the solar system's hottest surface temperature. The Venusian day lasts eight months.