Tribune CEO, Randy Michaels recently issued a memo banning WGN reporters and anchors from using 119 words and phrases. Myers is quoted as saying:
“The real goal here is to avoid using words that make you sound like you’re reading, instead of talking — that shatter the image you’re speaking knowledgeably to one person. By not using ‘newsspeak,’ you enhance your reputation as a communicator.”
The list of “newspeak” can be found here.
Question: Is this a good or bad thing for journalism?