Obscure Box

Thoughts from inside the obscure box
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 […]

August 4, 2009

What a difference a sic makes

Posted by : Michael Lund

The ABC’s Media Watch television show is always keen to highlight the blunders of the media, so nice to be able to return the compliment. Last night’s episode on ABC1 brought the ABC audience up-to-speed with the rest in its coverage of the Kyle Sandilands saga – the shock jock who’s sparked outrage by a […]

April 4, 2009

It's just not English

Posted by : Michael Lund
Filed under : Language, Media, Radio

The poor soul following the G20 summit in London for the ABC got a bit confused over what’s English… and what’s not. On radio in Trouble at the G20 meeting in London, PM’s presenter Mark Colvin asked reporter Lyndal Curtis about a meal cooked up by a celebrity chef and served to the G20 leaders. […]

March 10, 2009

Will the PR industry please take note

Posted by : Michael Lund

A survey found its way to my inbox that makes interesting reading. “How the Press Uses and Values Public Relations and Other Media Resources” is the joint work of the George Washington University in the US and a company called Cision. The Swedish-based company company  (no idea how to pronounce its name) describes itself as […]

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