Deadly words

Our recent double-homicide presents an opportunity to talk about how important it is that we use words precisely. When you find yourself writing or editing the words “killer,” “murderer” and “homicide,” alarm bells should go off in your head to justify the use for each one so you don’t open yourself and the Star up…

Avoiding cop speak

It’s not often we kick off a school year with news as prominent as a double-homicide in the usually sleepy town of Sycamore. I’m reminded of an excellent post from former EIC Kelly Bauer of how to avoid the dreaded “cop speak.” She starts with the cop speak term, followed by the conversational replacement we…