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Journalism’s10 Deadly Sins     Jim StreiselCarmel (IN) High Schoolwww.hilite.org/streisel
I. Always use    “said.”
I. Always use     “said.”“Said is the most objective    word we have for     dialogue/quote     attribution,” the     inst...
II. Use “namesaid,” not “said     name.”
II. Use “namesaid,” not “said     name.”Subjects come in front ofverbs, not after…said he.
III. Omit passive      voice
III. Omit passive      voice The sentence is made less    clear in passive voice.It’s also made less concise.
IV. Omit adverbs
IV. Omit adverbs  Amazingly, adverbs are  really very subjective          words.  Use strong verbs and     nouns instead.
V. Eliminategener alizations
V. Eliminategener alizations   All of these words are   subjective and none of them work unless you have research to back ...
VI. Avoid firs t and second    person
VI. Avoid firs t and second    personI think you should use third   person. Remember, this    story isn’t about you.
VII. Use pas t orpresent tense consis tently
VII. Use pas t orpresent tense consis tently When writers write they  should have remained      consistent.
VIII. Avoid vague      words
VIII. Avoid vague      words Really, guys, I believe you should try to avoid these   really very annoying          things.
VIII. Avoid vague      words Really, guys, I believe you should try to avoid these   really very annoying          things....
IX. Usespellcheck
IX. Use spellcheckBecuz u nevr no when yu mite mak a typng airor.
X. AvoidExclamation   points
X. AvoidExclamation   points   !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
X. AvoidExclamation   points  !?!?!?!?!??!?!?!?!
!!!?#@?!$@&-it!!!
The End     Stay in touchwww.hilite.org/streisel jstreise@ccs.k12.in.us
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  1. 1. Journalism’s10 Deadly Sins Jim StreiselCarmel (IN) High Schoolwww.hilite.org/streisel
  2. 2. I. Always use “said.”
  3. 3. I. Always use “said.”“Said is the most objective word we have for dialogue/quote attribution,” the instructor said.
  4. 4. II. Use “namesaid,” not “said name.”
  5. 5. II. Use “namesaid,” not “said name.”Subjects come in front ofverbs, not after…said he.
  6. 6. III. Omit passive voice
  7. 7. III. Omit passive voice The sentence is made less clear in passive voice.It’s also made less concise.
  8. 8. IV. Omit adverbs
  9. 9. IV. Omit adverbs Amazingly, adverbs are really very subjective words. Use strong verbs and nouns instead.
  10. 10. V. Eliminategener alizations
  11. 11. V. Eliminategener alizations All of these words are subjective and none of them work unless you have research to back them up.
  12. 12. VI. Avoid firs t and second person
  13. 13. VI. Avoid firs t and second personI think you should use third person. Remember, this story isn’t about you.
  14. 14. VII. Use pas t orpresent tense consis tently
  15. 15. VII. Use pas t orpresent tense consis tently When writers write they should have remained consistent.
  16. 16. VIII. Avoid vague words
  17. 17. VIII. Avoid vague words Really, guys, I believe you should try to avoid these really very annoying things.
  18. 18. VIII. Avoid vague words Really, guys, I believe you should try to avoid these really very annoying things. Really.
  19. 19. IX. Usespellcheck
  20. 20. IX. Use spellcheckBecuz u nevr no when yu mite mak a typng airor.
  21. 21. X. AvoidExclamation points
  22. 22. X. AvoidExclamation points !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  23. 23. X. AvoidExclamation points !?!?!?!?!??!?!?!?!
  24. 24. !!!?#@?!$@&-it!!!
  25. 25. The End Stay in touchwww.hilite.org/streisel jstreise@ccs.k12.in.us
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