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Shaping Word Usage

Shaping word usage: National Association of Black Journalists asked the Associated Press to revise its stylebook on using the word “boy.”

“This wasn’t the first time Stylebook editors had acted on recommendations from marginalized groups,” writes Natalie Yahr.


Keep Words Small For Big Ideas

Keep words small for big ideas: Merrill Perlman notes a trend toward journalists using big words to “sound smart.”

“But a journalist’s job is to inform,” writes Perlman, “and information will not come through if the audience doesn’t understand the words.”

Rather than sending readers to a dictionary, “a writer wants to keep readers reading, to keep them engaged in our stories.”