Archives: George Orwell

“Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed.” Or maybe not.

May 28, 2019 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: journalism, writing.

“Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed. Everything else is public relations.”  This quotation is currently making the rounds on the web, especially on Facebook, and it is being attributed to the writer George Orwell. The quotation has various iterations — such as “News is something somebody doesn’t want printed; all else • Read More »

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George Orwell, Joe Moran, and the complexity of the problem of writing a good sentence 

October 11, 2018 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: journalism.

Joe Moran, an English prof in Liverpool, whose book First You Write a Sentence: The Elements of Reading, Writing … and Life has been well received and reviewed, has written a marvelous essay on the sentence for The Guardian. He begins it using the words and thoughts of George Orwell, who thought deeply about the use of • Read More »

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