Holidaze: Let’s do it as a ’12 _____ s of _______’ !

Holidays bring big papers, no news — and really dopey story assignments from editors desperate to fill the newspaper. But, hey: ‘Tis the season, right?

  • Newspaper: The Salinas Californian
  • Headline: 12 ways to make the holidays more meaningful
  • The lede: “Amid all the holiday hoopla, children often lose sight of the significance of the season. Taking a spin off The Twelve Days of Christmas, we compiled a list of suggestions from educators and non-profit leaders and came up with 12 ways to celebrate in a meaningful way.”
  • Mitigating Factor: The story doesn’t substitute a more politically correct word, as in: The Twelve Days of Holiday.

Was it the assignment to spend New Year’s Eve with a lonely security guard — and live-blog the experience? Use this link to e-mail your worst holiday story assignments. See Tipsters Anonymous Policy in the sidebar, upper right. Or leave a note in the comments section, below.

[Image: Rudolph by Flickr member jamieanne]

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