‘Reeling,’ over the years Writers and editors often get surprised when a certain word or phrase causes readers to howl. At the Journal, we have dealt with such issues many times over the years. One case was when readers complained in 2015 about the phrase so-called religious-freedom bills. To editors, “so-called” has long been a standard […]
Though it is a bit unfortunate, for newspeople, that the term fake news has such wide use now, it is necessary to address it in the stylebook. So we have. Use the phrase only when quoting someone, since it has a political context. It refers to fiction masked as news, though some use it to refer to satiric content, as well. Better to use specific language depending on the context: false reports, unverified reports or disputed reports.
In tribute to WSJ reporter Eric Morgenthaler, who died at age 72, here is his 1979 article whose first two paragraphs have been cited in writing-style guides for its creativity. Today in WSJ History, May 21, 1979. The ‘Steel Lede’ by Morgenthaler (PDF) The ‘Steel Lede’ by Morgenthaler (Text)
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Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
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Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
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Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
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