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“Plunder, Pillage and Poison the Well”

My interview on Radio 4’s Media Show, where we dealt with some of the practices of journalism, including the three rules for a death knock.

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Discussing the Journalese book on Ireland’s Newstalk radio

In which Sean Moncrieff and I compare our pet hates.

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Times Picks Romps… as its Monday Book

Ann Treneman has reviewed Romps… in The Times. You can read it here, but it’s behind the paywall, so you’ll just have to take my word for it that she thinks you should buy it: “An essential guide to finding … Continue reading

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The Top 10 Glaring Omissions

For my speech at the Romps… launch party, I listed the Top 10 glaring omissions from the book, the bits of Journalese I really wish I’d got in there. Continue reading

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Sick of the book? Blame the government

The Spectator’s Mr Steerpike has the skinny on how the book came about: A rare success for Downing Street spin machine as they inadvertently spawn @robdothutton‘s Journalese: http://t.co/twVVbuyIun — Steerpike (@MrSteerpike) September 11, 2013  

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Romping on the World Tonight

In which I become the first person ever to sing the Benny Hill theme tune on Radio 4’s leading evening news show…

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Journalese No Longer A Mystery

In which a Barrow journalist discovers she speaks a second language… http://www.nwemail.co.uk/home/2.4887/journalese-no-longer-mystery-1.1082496

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Beancounters’ hack in bid to probe scribe word secrets

Press Gazette’s take on the book. Its editor Dominic Ponsford says: “Loved the book, every journalist should read it!” This review features one of my personal favourite definitions: “All Grown Up”. http://www.pressgazette.co.uk/content/beancounters-hack-bid-expose-scribe-word-secrets

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Newsman Opens His Heart To The Telegraph And Confesses Secret Shame

A piece I wrote for the Telegraph about my fondness for Journalese. Features the definitions for, among others, “Special Investigation”, “perfect storm” and “Quintessentially British”. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/10288967/My-shameful-secret-Ive-learnt-to-love-cliched-journalese.html

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Boffin lifts the lid on journalese

A piece by John Rentoul in the Independent On Sunday on Romps…, featuring the definitions for “foul-mouthed tirade”, “innocent bystanders” and “love rat”. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/media/press/boffin-lifts-the-lid-on-journalese-a-new-book-puts-spotlight-on-newspaper-tricks-and-a-raft-of-redfaced-clichs-8793022.html

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