Should journalists use "words"?

Adam Tinworth
Adam Tinworth

I’ve not really felt inspired to comment on the whole “should journalists check facts” furore, because, really, me rolling my eyes doesn’t make for great blogging. But I couldn’t resist linking to this:

One example: the word “maintenance” seems like it should only have one “a” in it. It should be “maintenence,” right? But it’s not. So is it our job as reporters and editors to spell it correctly?


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Adam is a lecturer, trainer and writer. He's been a blogger for over 20 years, and a journalist for more than 30. He lectures on audience strategy and engagement at City, University of London.