Abusing “Breaking News” & “Exclusive”

By Brian 

This week’s 10 Plus 1 subject on Public Eye, CBS senior assignment editor Martin Gill, has a great answer to this question:

  If you could change one thing about the profession of journalism, what would it be?

The overuse of ‘Exclusive’ and ‘Breaking News’ — two phrases that are misused and abused in our business. Too many times I see that ‘Exclusive’ on someone else’s air that same hour or same day. And ‘Breaking News’ is at that moment, not three hours after the event occurred.