Quote of the day: Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed: everything else is public relations. – George Orwell
Quoted by Tim Fargo
Speaking of journalism, I remembered at 6 Degree Conference this year, a senior correspondent made some excellent points in the breakout session regarding “Use of Language”. As a senior correspondent, he has covered quite some major news spots throughout the world, in the Middle East, in Africa, in Southeast Asia and some dangerous warzones. He mentioned that one of the duties of a journalist is to be brave and tell the truth, esp. when you know for sure that the person is telling lies or trying to hide some truth. It is not personal attack, but to help the general public know the real story.
However, it is getting harder and harder for the journalists or the newspapers to tell the truth, as journalism and politics are connected more and more tightly. Journalism or newspapers are never as freely as the freedom of speech implied. Therefore, journalists who walk the extra mile to get first-hand information, who speak what is right rather than what is happy, are the real heroes in the profession.
It is always a question in my head as a journalist, whether one should take a side or comments on any side. What do you think?
When I did my research on George Orwell, I happened to find 6 points that he promoted, which will help journalists become better journalists. They are helpful for our daily writing as well.
- Never use a metaphor, simile or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print.
- Never use a long word where a short one will do.
- If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out.
- Never use the passive where you can use the active.
- Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word or a jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent.
- Break any of these rules sooner than say anything outright barbarous.
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