Journalism 101: Omit Verbal Deadwood


“EFFECTIVE WRITING IS CONCISE. Cut out the unnecessary words. Every word should tell. There is no reason to call a spade ‘a long handled instrument for turning earth in the garden.’

“Here are some examples of verbal deadwood drawn from Asian newspapers and inter-office memoranda ...


Journalism 101: Editing Checklist and 5 Proofreading Tips

1. Does my punctuation follow conventional usage?
2. Should I check the spelling of any of my words?
3. Does every verb agree with its subject, especially in sentences where subjects and verbs are widely separated?
4. Are the tenses of my verbs consistent with the way I want to use them?
5. Does every pronoun (particularly it, this, they, he, she) clearly refer to a noun or another pronoun?


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