16 January 2008

Work-related stuff: journo words

Graeme Whitfield's got it so right - I hate journalese.

Sadly, years ago when I worked at the Beeb, I did on occasion use the dreaded 'probe', or 'slams' (as in "Experts slam BBC probe") due to sheer lack of space. It's not really much of an excuse, but when you're tied to such a fiendish system as Ceefax where your headlines are only 39 characters, it's 6.15am and you've got another 7 stories to update before you can go and get some appalling BBC coffee, your principles tend to fall by the wayside.

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