Style Concepts And Technique

The style of a blog is going to have a lot to do with its function: a citizen journalist employs an economical, factual, sharp piece of news; the gatewatcher might employ the same, with enthusiastic, emotive focus on a particular offender; the beat or niche blogger might explore the latitude, delving into and out of investigations according to the identified tastes of the specific audience.

In journalism terms, though, it helps to understand a few of the more clear cut journalistic styles, angles, techniques, etc.

False Balance

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“How much more evidence do you need?” is the kind of exasperation a lot of us have felt with what he calls “false balance,” which is another name for the pattern I’m describing.

He Said, She Said

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There I am, sitting at the breakfast table, with my coffee and a copy of the New York Times, in the classic newspaper reading position from before the Web. And I come to this article, headlined “Ex-Chairman of A.I.G. Says Bailout Has Failed.” I immediately recognize in it the signs of a he said, she said account.

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