The Language of Journalism: Particularities and Interpretation of Its Coexistence with Other Languages
7 Pages Posted: 3 Mar 2018 Last revised: 23 Jun 2020
Date Written: February 22, 2018
The language of journalism is a fascinating field to analyze, because it offers a challenging outlook on its subtleties and power in each journalistic genre. This type of language helps understand how journalists create their stories or reports, shape points of view, deliver expected news and how media language is different from other languages we encounter. Investigating, interviewing and fact-checking activities are basic components of journalism, transmitted to media consumers, in order to inform, persuade, but also to reinforce public beliefs, using manipulating techniques.
Journalists can also use in their reports coded messages through their carefully selected words and sentences. Self-censorship in using words is often practised by journalists creating a provocative and uncomfortable situation for themselves. This involves expressing sentences differently in order to avoid threats against them and their writings. So, a comprehensive vocabulary will bring stories and broadcasts to life, enabling journalists to better describe the world around them. Using words correctly might provide a shade of meaning and understanding to the journalistic lexical level they aim to reach.
Whether the journalistic purpose is writing for newspapers, magazines or new media, all categories of publicists have the fundamental mission to learn and practise their language as specialists with all linguistic nuances required in their profession.
Keywords: media language, linguistic components, news editing, written text, discourse
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