The Mario Blog
01.15.2018—1am
Are vulgar words now part of a journalist’s styleguide?

So President Trump allegedly used the word “shithole” to refer to certain countries when discussing immigration at the White House. Soon, that word was all over the headlines, including in mainstream publications. Is this the new normal?

 

 

I am working today on my course syllabus for Spring 2018 at Columbia University. I am also seeing the word “shithole” used in headlines everywhere, as news media quote President Trump using that term during a conference at the White House. In my training as a journalist, I have been told repeatedly that such words are NEVER used when it comes to serious journalism. Is this the new normal? Are stylebooks rewritten as we speak? If the President uses such vulgarity, does it mean we publish it?

And, if my students at  use such a word, am I supposed to condemn it, as would have my journalism professors, or accept its use?
Interesting and challenging times to teach journalism today.

Here is The New York Times’ take on the subject

:https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/11/business/media/trump-vulgarity.html?emc=edit_cn_20180112&nl=first-draft&nlid=53831611&te=1&_r=0

 

Of related interest

http://www.universalhub.com/2018/shithole-journalism-herald-uses-word-headline

http://www.newsweek.com/shithole-donald-trump-new-york-times-african-immigation-779041

 

 

 

 

 

Mario’s Speaking Engagements

 

 

April 18-19, 2018-Newscamp ,Augsburg,  Germany.

 

 

 

 

May 26, 2018Associacion Riograndense de Imprensa, Univesidad de Santa Cruz (Unisc), Brazil

 

 

June 3-6, 2018The Seminar, San Antonio, Texas.

 

 

Garcia Media: Over 25 years at your service

 

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