10 deadly sins

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Think you're ready to submit a story for publication? Think again. These 10 checklist items will help make something good into something great.

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10 deadly sins

  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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