Sources Say Tribune Co. CEO Bans “Journalese” Phrases For News Anchors, Folks

journalism_killed_the_radio_star.jpgTribune Co. CEO Randy Michaels is sick and tired of your empty “lingo” and cliched phrasing, people.

Michaels took it upon himself to release a list of 119 words and phrases he would rather anchors for Chicago’s WGN-AM never use again because many sound too “conversational.” And folks, we gotta admit that, even though we’ve been guilty of the senseless crime of resorting to clichés in reporting, we’re inclined to agree with Michael’s list. These’ll positively make your head spin, guys! Allegedly.

The full list is after the jump. Enjoy.


Flee meaning “run away”

“Good” or “bad” news

Laud meaning “praise”

Seek meaning “look for”

Some meaning “about”

“Two to one margin” … “Two to one” is a ratio, not a margin. A margin is measured in points. It’s not a ratio.

Yesterday in a lead sentence

Youth meaning “child”

5 a.m. in the morning

After the break

After these commercial messages

Aftermath

All of you

Allegations

Alleged

Area residents

As expected

At risk

At this point in time

Authorities

Auto accident

Bare naked

Behind bars

Behind closed doors

Behind the podium (you mean lecturn) [sic] [Ed. note: LOL.]

Best kept secret

Campaign trail

Clash with police

Close proximity

Complete surprise

Completely destroyed, completely abolished, completely finished or any other completely redundant use

Death toll

Definitely possible

Diva

Down in (location)

Down there

Dubbaya when you mean double you

Everybody (when referring to the audience)

Eye Rack or Eye Ran

False pretenses

Famed

Fatal death

Fled on foot

Folks

Giving 110%

Going forward

Gunman, especially lone gunman

Guys

Hunnert when you mean hundred

Icon

In a surprise move

In harm’s way

In other news

In the wake of (unless it’s a boating story)

Incarcerated

Informed sources say…

Killing spree

Legendary

Lend a helping hand

Literally

Lucky to be alive

Manhunt

Marred

Medical hospital

Mother of all (anything)

Motorist

Mute point. (It’s moot point, but don’t say that either) [Ed. note: ♥]

Near miss

No brainer

Officials

Our top story tonight

Out in (location)

Out there

Over in

Pedestrian

Perfect storm

Perished

Perpetrator

Plagued

Really

Reeling

Reportedly

Seek

Senseless murder

Shots rang out

Shower activity

Sketchy details

Some (meaning about)

Some of you

Sources say…

Speaking out

Stay tuned

The fact of the matter

Those of you

Thus

Time for a break

To be fair

Torrential rain

Touch base

Under fire

Under siege

Underwent surgery

Undisclosed

Undocumented alien

Unrest

Untimely death

Up in (location)

Up there

Utilize (you mean use)

Vehicle

We’ll be right back

Welcome back

Welcome back everybody

We’ll be back

Went terribly wrong

We’re back

White stuff

World class

You folks