Write as you should talk.

私が中3の時に間違って “TIME” を定期購読していたことは過去ログでも書きました (http://d.hatena.ne.jp/tmrowing/20110301) が、私自身、随分と「ニュース」を英文修業に使ってきたし、今現在、教師としても、『朝日ウイークリー』を学級文庫に入れて生徒に活用させています。



Simple stories are often hard to write. But newswriters must master them so they can also handle not-so-simple stories. “Only those who have the patience to do simple things perfectly well,” Friedrich Schiller, a German poet and philosopher, said, “acquire the skills to do difficult things easily.”
Newsroom oldtimers tell newcomers: Just write the way you talk. Good advice. But a writer has to do far more than that. Besides, how many of us talk well? (p. 9)

Mervin Block の2012年の新刊、

  • Broadcast Newswriting: The RTDNA Reference Guide, second edition, CQ Press


  • Easy Does It? Not So Simple


  • You need to do more than write the way you talk


  • A reminder: after you report a fact, you don’t need to say it has been confirmed. If a tip or hunch or a rumor or a story has been confirmed, you don’t know whether it is a fact and have no business reporting it as a fact. But once you have presented it as a fact, don’t follow up by saying someone has confirmed it. (p. 10)
  • As for stay with us, it's unbecoming for a newscaster to plead with listeners to stay tuned. Wouldn't you frown if, part-way down this page, I urged readers, "Stay with me." Wouldn't you say to yourself, "This guy has no class. If he were saying something worthwhile, I'd stay with him to the end. Gladly. Even eagerly." (p. 11)

この章の最後は「引用」について書かれているのですが、その締めくくりには、こんな「引用」がなされています。 (p. 11)

The best broadcast newswriting doesn’t sound like writing at all. The journalist Lincoln Steffens is credited with saying, “The great struggle of a writer is to learn to write as he would talk.”
And you can add, “---and to talk as he should talk.”


  • You need to do more than write the way you talk


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