And so the police reporter, city hall man, and other legmen
often work from reports, or reports of reports -- e.g.
But Ebert resorts to one of those squishy usages common to our edgy age that would have Royko howling in his grave: He calls the sixteen assistants the columnist had over the years (ten women, six men) "Leg Persons"--capitalized yet--rather than the generic "legmen
" of traditional newsroom jargon.
But, to use an outdated but familiar term, where are we going to find the "legmen
Just is the thorough reporter, Acheman the superficial wordsmith - an accurate representation of a division that can be found in any big-city daily, where the legmen
and beat reporters gather the day's facts and murine information and the dazzling writers with their feature leads park on the front page.
The job today differs from the "legmen
" of the 1940s, who simply gathered facts that were then put together in story form by "rewrite men," Johnson noted, adding that because of these changes, 1949 Labor Department interpretations of journalists' status "should be accorded very little weight."
Not fight out of "The Front Page," but as close as you could get in the mid-1950s, and that was pretty close if you worked at the AP Local Desk in New York and had a running engagement with legmen
you never saw calling in with notes about bloated bodies rising from the mud in the Hudson or a LaGuardia-bound airliner just smashed on Rikers Island, so you could whip out stories in takes, on a wire that went to papers that lived by the minute and snapped at the quick and the real: raw, lean grafs for their editors to read on the phone to beat reporters or mark up for the next edition or hand to rewritemen to make into art, sometimes surreal, in a battle of seven dailies that included three tabloids bought on the streets, at all hours of the day, by half the people of New York.
Sanborn, retired, manager of new business requirements for Rockwell's space-transportation department, is an example of the breed of legmen
who move from the Pentagon to the arms industry and who also act as P.R.
for the US Israeli lobby, and even some here in Lebanon appear barely able to contain themselves, such is their felt glee over the Lebanese and Iranian election results.
in those days needed rewritemen to translate their notes.