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Wednesday, Jun 5, 2019

* As we’ve already discussed, the Illinois News Network is now called The Center Square. From the publisher…

When a reporter is on target within their beat, they’re said “to be hitting the center square.”

I asked several reporters if they’d ever heard of that saying and nobody has. That doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist, but when I Googled “‘hitting the center square’ reporter” I only came up with one result, the column by its publisher.

The publication has burned through several different names over the past few years, so I’ve lately taken to lampooning it a bit, referring to the site as “that Center Square thingy,” “Circle gets the Center Square,the artist formerly known as INN” etc.

But after about ten of these, I’m starting to run out of names. Friends and colleagues have chimed in with helpful suggestions, but I don’t have enough stockpiled to make it through the week and my brain is still a little fried from the session. So…

* The Question: Your own twist on The Center Square’s name?

- Posted by Rich Miller        

103 Comments »
  1. - OneMan - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 12:57 pm:

    Paul Lynd news


  2. - 47th Ward - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 12:57 pm:

    TASS: Illinois News Agency.

    Also, I suspect everytime they completely destroy their own credibility, they re-brand to stay a step ahead of the mess they made for themselves.

    A corporate-funded mouthpiece by any other name would still try to fool the masses.


  3. - Ok - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 12:59 pm:

    Whoopi


  4. - Ok - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 1:00 pm:

    The Centralia Town Crier

    (hat-tip to Proft)


  5. - Robert the Bruce - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 1:01 pm:

    Circle gets the square.

    Shadoe Stevens’ blog


  6. - Chicago 20 - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 1:01 pm:

    They should change it to an unpronounceable logo with the tag, the publisher formerly known as the disgraced INN.


  7. - City Zen - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 1:02 pm:

    Right of Fax


  8. - up2now - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 1:02 pm:

    I got into journalism in 1974. Never heard of that term until now.


  9. - Rich Miller - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 1:03 pm:

    ===Circle gets the square.===

    Already used that one.


  10. - wordslinger - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 1:03 pm:

    You’ve hit the “center square” if you’re to the right of Bruce Rauner and to the left of Attila the Hun.

    I heard they wanted to go with “tronc” but Ferro still has the rights and he wanted $2 million and tickets to Britney Spears’ show in Vegas.


  11. - Unpopular - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 1:04 pm:

    The T Square
    Sponge Bob Square News
    Square Are We
    Journey to the Center of the Square
    Square of the Dog


  12. - Father Ted - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 1:04 pm:

    The Squared Circle (wrasslin’ reference)


  13. - A Well-Regulated Commenter - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 1:04 pm:

    Right of Center Square


  14. - Rich Miller - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 1:05 pm:

    ===Journey to the Center of the Square ===

    Used that one, too.


  15. - wordslinger - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 1:09 pm:

    The end of the Blue Line in Forest Park is “The Center for Loose Squares.”

    There are usually three or four competing entrepreneurs there selling single cigarettes.


  16. - FakeNews - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 1:10 pm:

    Each time they rebrand…. “Iron Light”, Tillman’s for profit PR firm, gets a cut. The “Center Square”, “Illinois News Network”, and other names are just the side projects and how non profit dollars get moved into for profit or used for other purposes. This happens nationally with “reporters” (who refuse to fact check or make corrections) who are shared within similar networks.


  17. - A guy - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 1:11 pm:

    Center Peg, Square Hole


  18. - Teacher - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 1:11 pm:

    Nowhere Near the Center of the Square


  19. - hulk logan - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 1:13 pm:

    Reporter Mill?


  20. - A Well-Regulated Commenter - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 1:14 pm:

    Ain’t No Center Square Enough Baby


  21. - Annonin' - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 1:14 pm:

    We will be circulating the IPI explanation to real journalism schools to see if anyone ever heard that nonsense
    Meanwhile RBN — Ruth Buzzy News


  22. - Wensicia - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 1:14 pm:

    Round Peg in Square Center


  23. - Perrid - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 1:16 pm:

    The Square at the Center of the Rainbow (happy Pride month btw)

    The “Squarely in the Center of the far right” folks.

    The “too Square to be in the Center of the fun” brigade. Bit of a stretch there. I wanna call them square as in boring somehow.


  24. - 100 miles wedt - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 1:16 pm:

    I appreciate their diversity in honoring Paul Lynde, he he he


  25. - ChicagoVinny - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 1:18 pm:

    Kidding on the Square
    Center Squared
    Squares of the Midway
    The Mean of the Square
    Unfair and Square


  26. - union proud - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 1:19 pm:

    Radical Centering


  27. - hisgirlfriday - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 1:21 pm:

    Centre Squaer

    Middlemost Quadrangle

    bingo board free space


  28. - Cheryl44 - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 1:24 pm:

    Piazzale Loreto


  29. - Stormfield - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 1:26 pm:

    Hip to be (Center) Square
    Square Central
    R-squared
    The Squarehouse


  30. - Questioning - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 1:27 pm:

    Policywood Squares (like Hollywood Squares but fused with IPI)


  31. - Dance Band on the Titanic - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 1:27 pm:

    Right Leaning Rhombus
    Twice the News Area of Center Triangle
    Center Circle without the Pi


  32. - Birdseed - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 1:29 pm:

    The Center of Squares


  33. - Melido Perez - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 1:32 pm:

    Just call it Bruce Vilanch.


  34. - Squints - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 1:33 pm:

    L 7 weenie


  35. - Leatherneck - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 1:34 pm:

    Our contributors grew up watching “Square Pegs” and “Square One Television.”


  36. - walker - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 1:35 pm:

    The Square Dealer


  37. - Just Me - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 1:36 pm:

    The Paul Lynde News Hour


  38. - Anon E Moose - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 1:36 pm:

    Middle Rectangle


  39. - I Miss Bentohs - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 1:37 pm:

    “Not so Hollywood” Squares


  40. - Leatherneck - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 1:40 pm:

    - Robert the Bruce - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 1:01 pm:

    Circle gets the square.

    Shadoe Stevens’ blog
    ———-

    Do they give random readers the opportunity to pick one of 7 keys that could start a brand-new car? Like in the late ’80s Hollywood Squares with Shadoe Stevens at center square.


  41. - Stuff Happens - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 1:41 pm:

    A square is a person who’s out of touch and ‘core’ is a synonym for center.

    So I guess it would be “core of ignorance?”


  42. - Downstate Dem - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 1:43 pm:

    Maybe square is the correct title for them. This is one of the meanings of square, “Square is often used to speak of a person who is regarded as dull, rigidly conventional, and out of touch with current trends.”


  43. - Stuff Happens - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 1:43 pm:

    Why play chess when you can play tic-tac-toe?


  44. - OutOfState - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 1:44 pm:

    Illinois News Square
    The Good, The Center, and The Square
    Squaring the Circle
    Twelve Angry Squares
    All Center on the Square Front


  45. - Jose Abreu's Next Homerun - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 1:44 pm:

    United Center to the Madison Square Garden


  46. - Angry Republican - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 1:44 pm:

    Tiananmen


  47. - IL4Life - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 1:46 pm:

    Off-Center Square
    Be There or Be Center Square
    Don’t Be a Center Square
    The Illinois News Network Squared
    E=MC^2 (Ex-INN equals Makeover x Center Squared)

    Okay, now I’m just reaching.


  48. - Kate Cloonen - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 1:46 pm:

    Times Square - as in all those on-line newspapers Proft created, Illinois Valley Times, Kendall County Times, Kankakee Times, etc.


  49. - Annonin' - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 1:48 pm:

    First we must withdraw the Ruth Buzzi idea, because it does not appear she appeared, but the Urban Dictionary offer this provocative suggestions….
    Top definition

    Center Square

    An adjective, the phrase refers to long-time comedian and actor Paul Lynde who occupied the center square in the long-running television show Hollywood Squares. The phrase is used to describe a person or thing that is flamboyantly gay.

    See “Center Square Gay”.

    Sometimes a perjorative as in a put-down of a person or thing.

    Hipster slang heard in Hyde Park, Chicago; UW- Madison, Wisconsin and Washington, DC political circles.

    “Mike’s dress is center square.”
    “Can Mike be any more center square?”
    “Did you hear that? It was so center square.”

    #gay#homosexual#flamboyant#colorful#dazzling#elaborate#gaudy#showy#splashy#not serious#center square gay#straight#conservative#

    by Pennlingo January 24, 2012


  50. - Anon221 - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 1:53 pm:

    Centrum Quadratum

    Or, if you prefer Rauner’s favorite language…

    Centro Quadrato


  51. - Stuff Happens - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 1:56 pm:

    The “middle square” method is a flawed way of generating pseudorandom numbers.

    In this context, is it flawed pseudorandom reporting?


  52. - JoeMaddon - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 1:59 pm:

    The (not so) Center Square
    The Center Circ(ular firing squad)


  53. - ChrisB - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 2:04 pm:

    Right Angles


  54. - Skeptic - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 2:06 pm:

    Do-See-Do to the Center Square


  55. - A guy - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 2:12 pm:

    ==When a reporter is on target within their beat, they’re said “to be hitting the center square.”==

    I’ve never heard this phrase. I don’t believe “Center Square” is “spot on”. I’ve heard the other plenty


  56. - Kippax Blue - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 2:13 pm:

    Tic Tac Toe? Let’s play Global-Thermonuclear War.


  57. - Stuff Happens - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 2:28 pm:

    Would this be the “rubric’s cube?”


  58. - Three Dimensional Checkers - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 2:28 pm:

    The Square Root of the Center.


  59. - Three Dimensional Checkers - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 2:30 pm:

    The Middle Parallelogram.


  60. - Former Cadet - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 2:32 pm:

    Terror on the square.


  61. - @misterjayem - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 2:32 pm:

    la plaza central

    – MrJM


  62. - Boone's is Back - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 2:33 pm:

    Back to Square One


  63. - No Dog in the Hunt - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 2:40 pm:

    I’ve worked in several newsrooms in several states and never heard that expression before. Maybe a hyper-local expression?


  64. - Jocko - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 2:41 pm:

    Squaring the news to fit our central tenets


  65. - Anon24 - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 2:45 pm:

    Seconding “The Squared Circle (wrasslin’ reference)”


  66. - Columbo - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 2:47 pm:

    Center Cut - we cut to the bone of the story. Hat tip Raunie


  67. - JS Mill - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 2:49 pm:

    Center of Madness


  68. - A guy - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 2:52 pm:

    Sponge Center Square Pants


  69. - Iron Lady - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 2:52 pm:

    Teeniemen Square


  70. - Leatherneck - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 2:58 pm:

    News providers to the SJR and Channel 20.


  71. - Unpopular - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 3:01 pm:

    The Center Square Dance


  72. - AlienOverlord - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 3:04 pm:

    The Red Square…errrr… the Right News Now…the totally fair and balanced not at all conservative centrist news square, Inc.


  73. - Anonymous - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 3:04 pm:

    Right leaning parallelogram


  74. - Jibba - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 3:04 pm:

    Vitruvian News Network


  75. - don the legend - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 3:05 pm:

    channeling Austin Powers:

    “Oh besquare baby.”


  76. - Enviro - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 3:12 pm:

    “Hip to Be a Square” Sesame Street

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TdcHzquaMh8


  77. - Leatherneck - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 3:16 pm:

    - Leatherneck - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 2:58 pm:

    News providers to the SJR and Channel 20.
    ——————–

    At least we’re not on “Code Red” every night!


  78. - d. p. gumby - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 3:32 pm:

    Fox News Illinois…


  79. - Amalia - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 3:57 pm:

    the snore zone.


  80. - argon - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 4:04 pm:

    “Rose Marie to block”


  81. - Try-4-Truth - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 4:12 pm:

    Infowars


  82. - RNUG - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 4:26 pm:

    News Squared aka N2 or No News


  83. - RNUG - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 4:28 pm:

    News Cubed aka N3 Not Normal News


  84. - RNUG - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 4:28 pm:

    Squaring the Corners


  85. - RNUG - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 4:31 pm:

    Squaring the Fax


  86. - hisgirlfriday - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 4:41 pm:

    circular firing square

    rent-a-center-and-a-party square

    rauner square

    square dance center

    grifter square

    center squawk


  87. - Chicago 20 - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 4:52 pm:

    Koch News


  88. - ArchPundit - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 5:02 pm:

    Four Square News
    Recess News
    Around the World News


  89. - Naming Rights - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 5:10 pm:

    Lie Squared


  90. - ArchPundit - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 5:15 pm:

    Distribution Skewed Right Square News

    A bit stats oriented for most probably


  91. - Shytown - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 5:38 pm:

    Isn’t this the same name as one of mike foucher’s floundering efforts?


  92. - Not a Billionaire - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 5:50 pm:

    RT Illinois


  93. - McLincol - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 5:57 pm:

    Square Club for Men


  94. - Vote Quimby - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 6:44 pm:

    The Paul Lynne Halloween Special was my introduction to KISS.
    To the post: my guess is they googled synonyms for “Fair and Balanced”… it’s shocking to me a paid “information” outlet made up a phrase no legitimate journalist has ever heard.
    Sin or Be Square
    You Can’t Track Us News
    Chameleon News Source
    John Doe News


  95. - Six Degrees of Separation - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 7:34 pm:

    Center THIS (pronounced “Center DIS” on the south side).


  96. - notsosure - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 8:11 pm:

    Pi are squared (cake are round)


  97. - Barnaby Wilde - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 9:44 pm:

    None More Square


  98. - A Young Person - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 9:48 pm:

    The Baker’s Square Center for Central Square Reporting


  99. - Smitty Irving - Thursday, Jun 6, 19 @ 7:25 am:

    Intellectually Naked News Network


  100. - revvedup - Thursday, Jun 6, 19 @ 7:31 am:

    The Wrong Square, Square of Lies, Central Pravda Square, etc.


  101. - OutOfState - Thursday, Jun 6, 19 @ 8:05 am:

    Squares, Damned Squares, and Centers


  102. - Nuclear Bozo - Thursday, Jun 6, 19 @ 9:13 am:

    Zeroes Squared


  103. - Da Big Bad Wolf - Thursday, Jun 6, 19 @ 10:55 am:

    The Loose Squares


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