I keep writing fact errors. Help!

This isn’t easy to admit. I get that. But if you keep writing fact errors, you need to own up to it and do these things to stop.  In newsrooms nowadays, prevention techniques are not being taught much, and many times scripts aren’t being reviewed for accuracy. So you have to take ownership if you … Continue reading “I keep writing fact errors. Help!”

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How To Speed Up Your Writing Time

A common discussion I have with news managers and universities looking to place recent grads, is the huge workload journalists face today. It is becoming more of the norm for reporters to barely make deadlines not because they are lazy, but because there is so much to get done. Scarier yet, there are producers in … Continue reading “How To Speed Up Your Writing Time”

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How to tighten your own writing.

When producers call and tell me how their work stands out, the number one statement I hear is“ my writing is tight.”  Truth be told, when I review a newscast, that is rarely the case.  Same is true of reporter scripts.  I would get calls from the crews to copy edit and be told “You … Continue reading “How to tighten your own writing.”

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The one word that leads to most clichés and bad writing.

Chances are your biggest crutch word is “it.”  A simple, seemingly throwaway word.  Yet, “it” causes so many problems with news copy.  That’s because “it” is a big catalyst for exaggeration. Write any of these lately?  It’s not known.   Or how about It’s been called… a parent’s worst nightmare, the worst storm, a disaster, a … Continue reading “The one word that leads to most clichés and bad writing.”

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