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Thoughtful gifts are always best. Forget the rotating tie racks and odorous candles this year; why not get your loved ones something that is distinctively you? I came across a site earlier that offers 15 different “journalism” themed T-shirts.

“Can I quote you on that?” “Everyone loves a journalist,” and “I [heart] Reporters” are among the captions. I can’t wait to wear my “Journalists make better lovers” tee to my next Queen’s Park scrum.

The designs are inoffensively cheeky, but clearly created by someone outside the biz. I say we can do better. Take, for example:

“Active voice is my only exercise.”

“Confidential sources give me headlines.” (Read: wrinkles. Eh? Eh?)

“I’m sick with libel chill”

“At my wit’s -30-”

“Need for Lede: Underground II”

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About the author

Robyn Urback was the Front of Book Editor for the Spring 2010 issue of the Ryerson Review of Journalism.

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