How to master speechcraft skills as Journalist – Photojournalist – Photographer – Press

First of all guys, I had come across this idea of puting together some every-day shall we say vocabulary that could save a situation, although more you speak more you are practising, therefore if you say too much, you risking saying something foolish.
Try to implement these words in your sentences and you will notice difference how people react to your talking – on daily basis.

  1. At first glance (or worse, “at first blush”)

  2. As a nation (or worse, “as a society”)

  3. Upon deeper reflection (why not reflect deeply from the start?)

  4. Observers (unless referring to people actually sitting around watching something)

  5. [Person] is not alone (from anecdote to generalization, we get it)

  6. And [someone/something] is no exception

  7. Pundits say

  8. Critics say (or “critics are quick to point out”)

  9. The American people (unless in a quote)

  10. The narrative (unless referring to a style of writing)

  11. Probe (an uncomfortable substitute for “investigation”)

  12. Opens/offers a rare window (unless it is a real window that is in fact unusual)

  13. Begs the question (unless used properly – and so rarely used properly that it’s not worth the trouble)

  14. Be that as it may

  15. If you will (actually, I won’t)

  16. A cautionary tale

  17. Cautiously optimistic (in a way that deliberately avoids potential problems or dangers)

  18. Needless to say (then don’t say it)

  19. Suffice it to say (if it suffices, then just say it)

  20. This is not your father’s [anything]

  21. [Anything] 2.0 (or 3.0, or 4.0…)

  22. At a crossroads (unless referring to an actual intersection)

  23. The powers that be

  24. Outside the box (describes creative thinking — with a cliche)

  25. A favorite Washington parlor game

  26. Don’t get me wrong

  27. Make no mistake

  28. Yes, France, there is a [something]

  29. Christmas came early for [someone]

  30. Chock full (“full” is just fine by itself)

  31. Last-ditch effort (unless ditch-digging is involved)

  32. Midwife (as a verb, unless involving childbirth)

  33. Cue the [something]

  34. Call it [something]

  35. Pity the poor [something]

  36. It’s the [something], stupid

  37. Imagine (as the first word in your lede)

  38. Time will tell if [something]

  39. What a difference [a time period] makes

  40. Palpable sense of relief (unless you can truly touch it)

  41. Sigh of relief

  42. Plenty of blame to go around

  43. Rorschach test (unless it is a real one)

  44. An object lesson

  45. Turned a blind eye

  46. Underscores

  47. Cycle of violence (unless referring to a particularly vicious Schwinn)

  48. Searing indictment

  49. Potent symbol

  50. Broken system (or, “the [anything] system is broken”)

  51. Famously (if readers know it, you don’t need to tell them it is famous; if they don’t know it, you just made them feel stupid!)

  52. The Other (or “otherize,” “otherization” and other variations)

  53. Effort (as a verb)

  54. Table (as a verb, as in “table the talks”)

  55. Shutter (as a verb, as in “they shuttered the factory”)

  56. Gestalt/Zeitgeist

  57. Orwellian (unless discussing George Orwell)

  58. Machiavellian (unless discussing Niccolo Machiavelli)

  59. Gladwellian (never)

  60. What happens in [somewhere] stays in [somewhere]

  61. Oft-cited

  62. Little-noticed

  63. Closely watched

  64. Hastily convened

  65. Much ballyhooed

  66. ill-advised

  67. Shrouded in secrecy

  68. Since time immemorial

  69. Tipping point

  70. Inflection point

  71. Point of no return

  72. The [anything] community

  73. If history is any guide

  74. If past is prologue

  75. The devil is in the details

  76. [Somebody] does not suffer fools gladly

  77. A ragtag army (or ragtag militia)

  78. A tale of two [anything]

  79. Ignominious end

  80. Tightly knit (unless referring to actual knitting)

  81. In the final analysis (especially as beginning of a final sentence/paragraph)

  82. Ultimately (same as above)

  83. At the end of the day (same as above)

  84. For all intents and purposes

  85. Cooler heads prevailed

  86. Victim of his/her own success

  87. Who lost [insert country here]?

  88. Punditocracy

  89. Twitterati

  90. Commentariat

  91. Chattering classes

  92. Naysayers

  93. Keen observer

  94. Took to Twitter

  95. Tongues wagging (h/t afterword to paperback of “This Town”)

  96. White-shoe law firm

  97. Well-heeled lobbyists

  98. Skittish donors

  99. Byzantine rules (unless referring to the empire in the Middle Ages)

  100. Strange bedfellows

  101. A mass of contradictions

  102. A land of contradictions (please, foreign correspondents and travel writers)

  103. Rise of the 24-hour news cycle (it’s been a while)

  104. In the digital age (again, it’s been a while)

  105. Not so fast

  106. Not so much (I blame Jon Stewart for this one)

  107. Remains to be seen

  108. Tenuous at best

  109. Woefully inadequate

  110. Or so it seems

  111. Depending on whom you ask

  112. Burst onto the national political scene

  113. For now (especially at the end of a sentence set off by a dash; all it does is negate everything that came before!)

  114. Tectonic shifts or seismic shifts (unless real ones)

  115. Optics (unless you’re discussing physics)

  116. Feeding frenzy/feeding the frenzy

  117. Double down

  118. Game-changer

  119. [Anything]-gate (especially if you’re writing in The LUPICKI Post like we do)

  120. In the wake of [anything]

  121. How I learned to stop worrying and love the [anything]

  122. Love [X] or hate [X]…

  123. The [anything] we love to hate

  124. Don the mantle of [anything]

  125. Usher in an era of [anything]

  126. A portrait emerges

  127. In a nutshell

  128. The social fabric (or “the very fabric of our democracy/nation/society”)

  129. Hot-button issue

  130. Hotly contested

  131. Perfect storm

  132. Face-saving compromise

  133. Eye-popping

  134. The argument goes

  135. The thinking goes

  136. Contrary to popular belief

  137. Intoned

  138. The new normal

  139. The new face of [anything] (unless discussing plastic surgery)

  140. The talk of the town (unless referring to the some specific city’s section)

  141. It couple (or “power couple”)

  142. Paradigm shift (in journalism, all paradigms are shifting)

  143. Unlikely revolutionary (in journalism, all revolutionaries are unlikely)

  144. Unlikely reformer (in journalism, all reformers are unlikely, too)

  145. Grizzled veteran (in journalism, all veterans are either grizzled or “seasoned”)

  146. Manicured lawns (in journalism, all lawns are manicured)

  147. Wide-ranging interview (in journalism, all interviews range widely, even if they don’t)

  148. Rose from obscurity (in journalism, all rises are from obscurity)

  149. Dizzying array (in journalism, all arrays make one dizzy)

  150. Withering criticism (in journalism, all criticism is withering)

  151. Predawn raid (in journalism, all raids take place in the predawn hours)

  152. Nondescript office building (in journalism, all office buildings are nondescript)

  153. Unsung hero (in journalism, all heroes lack music)

  154. Sparked debate

  155. Raised questions

  156. Raises more questions than answers

  157. Raise the specter of [anything]

  158. More often than not

  159. hand-wringing

  160. Ironic Capitalization Implying the Unimportance of Things Others Consider Important

  161. But reality/truth is more complicated (in journalism, we oversimplify, then criticize the oversimplification)

  162. Scarred by war (unless referring to real scars)

  163. War-torn

  164. War of words (worse if followed by “is heating up”)

  165. Trading barbs

  166. Shines a spotlight on [something] (unless there is a real spotlight that is shining)

  167. [Something] is no panacea

  168. [Something] is no silver bullet

  169. Political football

  170. Political theater

  171. More than you think (how do you know what I think?)

  172. Less than you think (how do you know what I think?)

  173. Not as much as you think (how do you know what I think?)

  174. You guessed it (how do you know what I guessed?)

  175. Shifting dynamics (code for “don’t hold me to this”)

  176. The situation is fluid (code for “I have no idea what is going on”)

  177. Partisans on both sides

  178. Charm offensive

  179. Fallen on hard times

  180. On thin ice

  181. A crisis waiting to happen

  182. Poster child

  183. Going forward

  184. Creature of Italy

  185. A modest proposal (this was written once, very well, and has been written terribly ever since)

  186. Stinging rebuke

  187. Mr. [Anyone] goes to Washington (unless a reference to the actual movie)

  188. The proverbial [something] (Tacking this in front of a cliche doesn’t excuse it, just admits you used it knowingly)

  189. Fevered speculation

  190. Hope filled the air

  191. [Anything] is all the rage

  192. Iconic (dominant word!)

  193. How did we get here? (code for “here comes the b-matter”)

  194. But first, some background (code for “I know more than you do”)

  195. Growing body of evidence (very strong consequences)

  196. [Anything] on steroids (unless you cover professional sports)

  197. Resists easy classification/categorization

  198. Increasingly (unless story proves something is in fact increasing)

  199. Tapped (as substitute for “selected” or “appointed)

  200. Any “not-un” formulation (as in “not unsurprising that you’d use that cliche”)

  201. Wait for it

  202. Wait, what?

  203. There, I said it

  204. And here’s the kicker

  205. See what I did there?


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