Grammar and Semantics for Journalists

                  Aside from being oriented and familiar with the basic styles, structure and rules of writing, Journalists of today are facing a pressing challenge of staying professional and white-collared in this age where Journalism can be explored and innovated due to the significant and widespread changes in technology and society.

Many sub-kinds of Journalism had sprouted over the course of today’s technological revolution, many of which can be found in the internet. These kinds in fact create ways of attracting readers wherein a very important factor of maintaining professionalism and Journalistic style—specifically in rules of grammar are continually compromised.

With Journalism being a very recognized and well-known profession around the globe, it is imperative that a Journalist should always sustain the esteem of professionalism in the field.  A Journalist should always keep in mind the importance of the proper use of grammar in writing.

Essentials of grammar in all the fields of studies and profession that are associated with writing are very critical and very necessary. It makes a lot of sense for a Journalist to know the basics and intermediates of grammar, punctuations and spelling in order for them to be taken seriously.

The tone or approach of news or a report can drastically change with the modest to considerable inconsistency in the use of proper grammar and style. Grammar and style can affect the communication of the context of a write-up or a broadcast with a simple deviation from its rules and elements respectively.

A broadcast from the nationally followed primetime news of say— TV Patrol or 24 Oras conveys a descriptive, narrative and informative tone whereas a broadcast from the popularly known Kontrabando covey a tone of ridicule and satire, the same goes with online news sources from blogs, and broadsheets from tabloids.

All of the aforementioned comparisons have the same difference in context all because of the tone and choice of words used in their broadcast or write-ups— with the first one using more formal and sophisticated choice of words and the other using informal and crude language. Although it is not necessarily saying one has supremacy over the other, but rather it is a matter of maintaining the principles of professionalism.

Journalism is a very essential facet of living and it is important for people who practice the profession to keep the verification of discipline and professionalism.  Everyone who practices the different fields and kinds of the Journalistic profession can help in making the future of Journalism intelligent, unambiguous and credible.

 Grammar is the foundation of all kinds of writing and it is the very pillar of a professional and sophisticated means of upholding the very nature of Journalism which is the proliferation of truth and information all around the world. Its essence is all the Journalist needs in maintaining the trailblazing legacy of commitment to truth by Journalism and what makes of the world’s populace deem the profession as to being a field of integrity, discipline and truthfulness. Neil Jayson N. Servallos


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