Why print newspapers are not good for alternative facts

Every year when I come “home” to Canada and stay with my uncle and aunt in Toronto, one of my greatest treats is to read a real newspaper.

Alternative facts are harder to write in paper newspapers

Does the ethos of old-fashioned print newspapers make it harder for “alternative facts” to be believed?

Not the digitally erstatz version of The Times or the The Daily Mail or The Washington Post or any other online me-too news resource that doesn’t fool anyone into thinking it shares similarities with the real thing… [Read more…]

Is print really dead, or has it just been sleeping?

Is print really dead, or has it just been sleeping?

Books or printed articles take you into another world where you get lost in the richness of the vocabulary.

Does printed content have a role in our future? Or is it dead in the water? I asked UK-based billing, payroll and printing consultant Caroline McCormack to share her views…

Can you imagine a world without any printed publications, books, catalogues, and leaflets? [Read more…]

How to write a really nasty obituary (but it sells newspapers)

My Left Boob by Sally Farmiloe-NevilleA few days ago, a friend from many years ago died of triple negative metatastic breast cancer, aged 60.

She was an actress; a reasonably good one. Not the best, but workmanlike. She was very pretty, lively, a great socializer and socially very well connected due to a “posh” family background.

She was extremely intelligent and used this to organize events, parties and other functions to raise money for, among other organizations, numerous charities and good causes. [Read more…]

How not to write picture captions, by a leading UK newspaper … episode 3

https://howtowritebetter.net/category/weekend-writing-humour/Once again without mentioning names, one of the UK’s best loved/hated newspapers really ought to get their picture caption writers some lessons in English syntax and other literary trifles. Consider the following verbatim examples…and this is the third  in the series of observations… [Read more…]

How not to write picture captions, by a leading UK newspaper … episode 2

https://howtowritebetter.net/category/weekend-writing-humour/Once again without mentioning names, one of the UK’s best loved/hated newspapers really ought to get their picture caption writers some lessons in English syntax and other literary trifles. Consider the following verbatim examples…and this is the second in the series of observations… [Read more…]

News media: how many steps too far this time?

HTWB News mediaAre newspapers truly getting too big for their boots in an attempt to sell papers in the light of online competition? Here in the UK this week we have been entertained by a raging battle between the current leader of the Labour (leftie) Party and a well known right-wing tabloid newspaper, the Daily Mail.

The mud-slinging started when the conservative DM accused the late Ralph Miliband, father of the current Labour Party leader Ed, of “hating Britain” because he had happened to swear allegiance to Karl Marx (who happens to be buried in England.) [Read more…]

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