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Junk Free June: Eliminating the ‘junk’ from your writing

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Junk Free June: Eliminating the ‘junk’ from your writing

With Junk Free June coming to an end, I got to thinking about how it might relate to me and what I do; how I might make the world a less junk-filled place.

Anyone who knows me knows I love food and, honestly, the junkier the better. I’m the last person who should be advising anyone about healthy eating. Except maybe my kids. Yeah, don’t listen to them.

So, I thought I’d focus on something I’m a bit more qualified to provide advice about.

Check out these five simple ways to eliminate ‘junk’ from your writing.

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Putting ambiguity in context

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Putting ambiguity in context

I am in search of an ambiguous news headline.

Not just any ambiguous news headline, such as "Missing woman remains found", "Red tape holds up new bridge" or "Squad helps dog bite victim", but an ambiguous news headline where all meanings are actually correct.

I find myself drawn to ambiguity in creative writing, particularly in poetry. It can allow for subtlety in writing, and there’s something about knowing your readers can interpret your message in their own different ways.

However, in journalistic writing, ambiguity can be dangerous.

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Good communication is about people

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Good communication is about people

In order to be a good communicator, you need words. But the words mean nothing without the people who inform them, who read and respond to them.

As a communications professional, you might find yourself writing a press release, editing an annual report, penning a feature article, or drafting a submission. It’s often a versatile role that tests your writing skills in a variety of ways.

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