Simple Guidelines for CBC Radio News by Nathan Jones

Ad-libbing by on-the-scene reporters

See "On-the-scene reporting."

Banter

No.

"Begs the question"

First: no. Second: do you know what this phrase means? Really? Hint: it's not "raises the question."

"Breaking news"

No.

"Controversial"

No.

"Correspondent"

See "Journalist."

Crime/accident/fire

Why?

Editorializing

See "Opinion."

Feel-good tidbits to end the news

See "Fun facts."

"For more information, check our website"

No.

Fun facts

No.

"Has prepared this report"

See "Named reporters."

"I"

No. No. No. Just no.

"Journalist"

Reporter.

Named reporters

No.

Number-verb agreement

Did you study journalism? See "They."

On-the-scene reporting

No.

Opinion

No. No. No.

"Police"

Careful. Is this a story about the police, or is it about the crime?

Prepositions and conjunctions

No emphasis, ever. See "Radiospeak." 

Radiospeak

WTF?! Speak like normal people, please.

Segues

No.

Sirens

See "Sound bites."

Sound bites

No.

Teasing the NEWS

No.

"The CBC has learned"

No.

"The Liberal Government"

The Government.

The RCMP

Singular. See "Number-verb agreement."

"The Trudeau Government"

See "The Liberal Government."

"They"

He, or she; or "he or she," as appropriate; unless you actually mean they, in which case, they.

RCMP officers

Plural. See "Number-verb agreement."

"Unprecedented"

No.

What, Who, When, Where, and Why

Yes. Nothing more, please.

From the Archives: A Long-forgotten Introduction to ChemTrix for iPad by Nathan Jones

While browsing my archives, I stumbled across a screencast demonstrating ChemTrix for iPad that I made over three years ago. I am embarrassed to admit that I have not updated this app since June 3rd, 2013. Though it was designed against iOS 6, it still works perfectly on my 13" iPad Pro running iOS 10. This is much more a testament to Apple's support of legacy software than it is to my own forward thinking. I say "um" frequently in this video. How I wish that were not the case.