Category: newsroom

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Cliches: Avoid ’em like the plague

A correspondent writes … David Weston of Oxford noted in a letter to the Sunday Telegraph, 24.5.15: SIR – Many media outlets seem to have just two new units of measurement: football pitches (which are variable in size) and Wembley Stadiums. Perhaps I’m too traditional but I find […]

Lasticle, not listicle

Hey, millennials, turns out you’re last to the party. Because your favourite form of information digestion, the listicle, beloved of buzzfeed and aped into parody is actually a favourite of…er…18th Century newspapers. And just like the the Internet of today, attribution and honesty appear to have fallen by […]

The night I failed every mother in Britain

Facts. Powerful things, facts. And as C P Scott, the Guardian’s greatest editor said in his epic essay: ‘Comment Is Free, The Facts Are Sacred.’ In the old Farringdon Road HQ it was actually inscribed on the reception wall. It was a typographical mish-mash  typical of the Naughties but it […]

I downloaded you when you died

So here’s a pop quiz: which is worse? Knocking your door after you’ve died or right-clicking your Facebook feed and hitting Save As…? One intrudes on private grief but offers the grieving a choice in how content surrounding their loved one is shaped, the other leaves them alone […]

Is this headline too short?

Metrics. Can’t live with ’em, can’t live without ’em. Actually, it’s the latter. Metrics are showing us a whole new way to appreciate – and measure – the perfectly crafted headline. Only the moon, and perhaps my expense account at the paper, waxes and wanes more than the […]

Batteries Not Included. Neither Are The Words

It was Jeff Jarvis who eloquently highlighted the rise and death of Ctrl-S. In Goodbye, Ctrl-S — Change Objects — Medium we are reminded that while technology has prevented volcanic meltdowns with Google’s Cloud perpetually saving blushes, hacks are also losing the fine art of writing concisely. There is nothing like […]

Death knocks: the dark side of journalism

Occasionally, broadsheets like The Irish Times lose the run of themselves and decide rank hypocrisy is order of the day. Death knocks: the dark side of journalism. The same paper which carried this piece decrying a fundamental tool of journalism  -speaking to people – carried a death knock […]