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    10 tips for writing better captions

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    10 tips for writing better captions

    Posted By Alastair Otter

    Time to go a little “old school” of this public holiday with some tips for writing better captions.
    Captions are, sadly, not as common in today’s online news media as they are in printed newspapers and magazines. Nevertheless captions writing is as valuable a skill

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    George Orwell on the art of writing

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    George Orwell on the art of writing

    Posted By Alastair Otter

    Sometimes it’s worth turning to the masters for advice on being a better writer. These six rules are from George Orwell’s 1946 essay Politics and the English Language and is far more succinct than I could ever manage:

    Never use a metaphor, simile or other

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    Cut the jargon and become a better business and tech writer

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    Cut the jargon and become a better business and tech writer

    Posted By Alastair Otter

    Reuters’ Robert MacMillan wrote a great post on Friday in which he argued that journalists don’t have to write like a businessperson just because they cover business.
    MacMillan makes the (mostly obvious but regularly ignored) point that a reliance on jargon and industry speak doesn’t

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    10 tips for better writing

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    10 tips for better writing

    Posted By Alastair Otter

    Many years working as an editor and writer have taught me one thing: Anyone can write but not everyone can write well.
    This doesn’t mean writing technique can’t be improved. Writing is like exercise: the more you practice the better you become. Of course not

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    750 words to clear the head

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    750 words to clear the head

    Posted By Alastair Otter

    A few months ago I discovered the 750 words concept.
    The idea is simple: Every day you write down 750 words on anything that comes into your head. It doesn’t have to be well thought out, or even well-argued. You don’t need to spell check

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    Would you like an apostrophe with that, ma’am?

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    Would you like an apostrophe with that, ma’am?

    Posted By Alastair Otter

    Welcome to the brave new world of online media. A world where anyone with an Internet connection can be a journalist and bloggers are the new media rock stars. A world where readers can immediately deliver their own opinions, and usually do.
    It’s also a

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