Tear Sheets

Subject: Tear Sheets
From: MWN <MNorton -at- FORMMAKER -dot- COM>
Date: Mon, 20 Jan 1997 13:18:22 EST

>> 2. Also what is a 'tear sheet'? Is it the same as a writing
>sample?
>>
> Sometimes I think that that term is used by old newspaper people or
people who want to hire editors/writers. Have no industry smarts but
want to look like they do.

I spent a number of years working in journalism back in the 70s and
80s. I don't know if that qualifies me as being an old newspaper
person, but I can tell you that term "tear sheets" was a commonly-used
term. After we printed the paper, someone, usually the ad salesmen,
would cut or tear out a copy of each ad and have these "tear sheets"
delivered to the businesses who paid for the ad.

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