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It’s The Message, Not The Medium, That Matters

When I emerged as a fresh-faced young graduate of Edinburgh Napier University’s journalism school in the late 1970s, my ambition was to brighten the newspaper world with the brilliance of my reporting.

My pen (or typewriter in those days) burned with indignation; my writing embellished with 'big words' gleaned from the Thesaurus that sat by my desk.

With weary patience, the Editor of the local newspaper I worked for explained that journalism was about communication and that our readers appreciated information and facts more than purple prose and opinion.

He was right, of course.

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