Have you noticed that the pace OF news is speeding up?  It’s the job OF subs to trim  copy OF excess words.

Intros are shorter. Packages are shorter. Live crosses are shorter.

Every second and syllable matters.

I encourage you to lego of OF

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An easy technique is to focus on the words around the word OF.

Here are two quick and simple  examples from subbing today.

A jury is in the process OF considering….

and

the jury asked a number OF questions…

When I see OF, I think what’s a simpler, more economical way OF ‘saying’ this?

A jury is in the process OF considering….

becomes

A jury is considering….

and

the jury asked a number OF questions…

becomes

the jury asked several questions…

Also:

the pace OF news is speeding up  can become the news pace is speeding up or you can just write news is speeding up 

a more economical way OF saying this

can become

a more economical way to say this

or

to say this more economically

AND FINALLY:

It’s the job OF subs to trim copy OF excess words.

can become

It’s the sub’s job  to trim excess words.

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Hi, if you are interesting in writing – you’ll probably enjoy this blog. I’m a self-confessed and proud word nerd and big fan of Shakespeare – and other writers such as Hemingway.

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One of the most satisfying parts of my job as a Deputy News Director at a major commercial TV network in Australia is helping younger writers.

I understand that the name Bard of Breaking News can seem outrageously arrogant – yet I strategically use it for ‘memorable branding’ and for the comic effect of the outrageous link and contrast between the lasting and deep grandeur or Shakespeare’s writing and the disposable speed of modern breaking news.

I do firmly believe that we can all learn from Shakespeare’s techniques to improve our writing – whether it’s for business or political speeches or even writing breaking news.

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