I don’t know if I’m the only one who has noticed a change in how TV journalists are speaking today as they report on the news. At first I thought it was just the odd mistake, but then I started to notice a trend in this new way of speaking and reporting.
What I’ve been noticing is a three part sentence structure which is being broken apart and re-ordered, reversing the second and third parts of the sentence – arguably so it sounds more impactful. But if you pay attention to what is being said, you’ll find that this often results in incorrect grammar and/or the sentence not actually making sense! As a communications professional, this is something that I am paying attention to, and it’s rubbing me the wrong way.
I’m sure the purist writers, speakers and communicators out there are also shaking their heads, wondering what happened to the good writing and speaking skills taught to, and expected of journalists. Maybe this is just part and parcel of “nouveau journalism” and how stories and reporting are often sensationalized – the new normal in journalism?
Am I the only one who is actually “listening” to what is being said, and how it’s said? Or am I perhaps not alone in noticing, and being a stickler for proper grammar in the spoken language these days?