Better interviewing, better writing

Friday, September 14, 2012
3 things news reporting students will hear today:

INTERVIEW GUIDE. It's hard to talk, listen, take notes and think at the same time. How do you do it? Answers here.

DEPARTMENT OF REDUNDANCY DEPARTMENT. If you repeat substantial words (nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs) two sentences in a row, one of those sentences can probably be shorter. Or they can be combined. Pronouns are your friend.

'VERY' = VERY BAD WRITING. Don't use this word. Instead of "very interested," for instance, say "fascinated." From The Elements of Style: "Where emphasis is necessary, use words strong in themselves." And certainly never use "very" in a phrase like "very unique." Unique means "one of a kind." A thing either is or isn't unique. It can't be very unique.
* Related: Is this "literally the worst word on the planet"?
* Not so related: Is this "the best word ever"?

... And then it's time to set up a blog.

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