Journalistic Writing Dos/Dont's
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2. How to Convey a Good Message
Omit needless words
Be sparing with adjectives, but lavish with verbs
Follow the house policy
Do not overstate
3. STYLE PITFALLS
writing in the way that one would speak
Avoid using "filler" words
Basically, even, just
Instead of writing "Therefore, this can't be used as evidence in the case", write "Therefore,
this cannot be used as evidence in the case."
4. STYLE PITFALLS
Limit your use of subjective pronouns
I, Me, You and We
Avoid splitting infinitives
Avoid ending your sentences with a preposition
Avoid stage directions
Do not commence by telling the reader what you are doing, or begin an essay by telling the reader what the
paper will discuss
5. STYLE PITFALLS
Avoid vague words
Vague words can be described as words that are open to interpretation or that don't express your ideas
as well as more precise words would.
The use of many words where few would do. Circumlocution is a figure of speech where the meaning of
a word or phrase is indirectly expressed through several or many words.
6. STYLE PITFALLS
Before: Michael Jordan was the best basketball player ever. Jordan was slam dunk master.
After: Basketball star Michael Jordan was the best basketball player ever and slam dunk master.
Strange as it may seem
Last but not least