“The rule is, jam tomorrow and jam yesterday, but never jam today.” — Lewis Carroll, from Thorugh the Looking Glass
For the past nine years, and even longer, whenever something was happening tomorrow, I wrote “today.”
That’s how it is when you work for a newspaper. Today is always written as “yesterday” (because the paper comes out tomorrow). Tomorrow is always today. Two days from now is tomorrow.
You condition yourself until that’s the way you think. Soon, you’re not sure what day it is. For all but a couple of my 17 years in the newspaper business, that has been the rule.
The Courier-Journal has always been a “yesterday, today, tomorrow paper.”
Until last week.
Maybe you noticed it, but you had to be reading pretty close. Last week, instead of writing “yesterday,” Courier-Journal reporters started giving the day of the week. It’s a change that means less tweaking of stories is necessary for the Internet.
It came to me from a copy editor, who said, “Oh by the way, we’re using day of the week now, instead of yesterday, today and tomorrow.”
By the way? You change a central tenet of someone’s existence and you say, “by the way.”
Diferent papers handle this in different ways. The Associated Press has been using day of the week for some time. The New York Times used to give the actual date in its dateline, then would use “today.” Now, though, the Times uses day of the week.
And now so do I. It’s not a radical change. But it does mark the end of a way of thinking. It’s a good move, I think. It makes things more clear.
Still, it’s going to take me a while to stop thinking of tomorow as “Monday” and not “today.”
ALONG THOSE LINES, beginning Monday, I won’t be updating this blog or writing columns until next Monday, June 1. I won’t be answering voice mails or emails in that period, but will read everything when I return.
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