Obscure Box

Thoughts from inside the obscure box
September 29, 2010

From a Fox8 blunder to another

Posted by : Michael Lund

The whole world seems to know of the blunder on Fox8’s Australia’s Next Top Model final show when host Sarah Murdoch announced the wrong winner to a live pay-TV audience. Sydney’s Kelsey Martinovich, aged 19, had just delivered her acceptance speech after being told she’d beaten the Gold Coast’s Amanda Ware, aged 18, to the […]

February 17, 2010

Why we need commas

Posted by : Michael Lund

Many style guides for news organisations here in Australia are lax of the use of commas in numbers 1,000 t0 9,999. They prefer to drop the comma and opt for 1000 to 9999. Commas are fine higher numbers with digits grouped in threes so it’s 10,000 and 1,000,000 and so on. I think the commas […]

August 4, 2009

Why using a quote from a media release has its dangers

Posted by : Michael Lund

Too often these days you call an organisation looking to speak to someone for a story only to be told you’ll be sent a media release. Sometimes the protesting works and you get to speak to a human being, sometimes it doesn’t and you are left with a statement that claims to be the words […]

May 14, 2009

In defence of newspapers

Posted by : Michael Lund
Filed under : Media, Print

At last someone is talking up the future of the newspaper. It’s not always about changing what we write or the way we write it. Jacek Utko is truly inspirational and he’s found a way to increase newspaper sales. Have a look at what he told a TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) conference earlier this year […]

April 22, 2009

The hunt for language blunders in journalism

Posted by : Michael Lund
Filed under : Language, Media, Online, Print, Style

I will begin with a confession. My early years in journalism included working for one weekly newspaper where as a poorly-paid and overworked junior hack I would also have to file the odd piece for the advertising department. These advertorials usually began with a phone call to whoever was paying for the advertorial, where I […]

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