In our precision English lecture we were set the challenge to edit our previous blog on ‘What makes a good journalist’ to only incorporate monosyllable words (with the exception of the word ‘journalist’), so as to teach us how to simplify our future posts. However, this task was a challenge to say the least! I found that simplifying words made the article sound childish and lazy but it has helped me realise the importance of not overcomplicating a sentence when it isn’t necessary.
So here is an adaptation of my previous blog about ‘What makes a good journalist?’ –
A good journalist should seek to test a wide range of “truths”. Their facts should be right and should be from good folk who will not to lie to them. They might have to match law folk in wit and so a brave side is great. A journalist should treat folk they talk with well and tell the truth.
An up to date grasp of news is prime. Nerve is good too as the best news is hard to find but a fair view on most things in life is the best thing to have.
Although this task has highlighted the amount of unnecessary waffling you can easily drift into when writing, there are still some words such as ‘prime’ I never imagine to use again as a good replacement for the word ‘important’ but it made a refreshing change!