Writing Tools

The Associated Press Stylebook and Briefing on Media Law 2009″ ISBN 9780465012626

The Associated Press Guide to News Writing” ISBN 9780768919790

Why Do I Need to Understand Fair Use? About “fair use” and copyright law

Photos of Trademarked and Copyrighted Works About selling photos

WordPress.org vs WordPress.com —!? What’s the difference? Good stuff.

12 Letters That Didn’t Make the Alphabet for language junkies

You may want to know these input shortcuts: (use NUMERIC keypad!! laptops can work with the Fn key)

Alt+0151 = — (long dash)

Alt+0150 = – (short dash)

Alt+0176 = ° (degree)

Alt+0186 = º (bigger degree)

Alt+0241 = ñ

Alt+137 = ë

Alt+0153 = ™

Alt+8480 = ℠

Alt+0174 = ®

Alt+0169 = ©

Alt+266D = ♭

Alt+266E = ♮

Alt+ 266F = ♯

Alt+ 13 =  ♪

Alt+ 14  = ♫

Alt+ 20 = ¶

〇 (Asian character for ZERO)
Hex Entity: 〇 (〇)
Decimal Entity: 〇 (〇)

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Elijah Style & Journalism Ethics

“Whatever you speak to in a person is what comes out. If you speak to the sin-nature it will bop you on the head. If you speak to the Jesus in someone they will grow.” — Graham Cooke (paraphrase)

1. Know your message, make it clear, make it exact.

Don’t say any more. Don’t get distracted. Stake your claim and defend it. Don’t disagree with an idea unless you quote it. When you disagree with an idea, don’t say why it is wrong, say why your message is still correct. Don’t say “that” you are correct, just say why. Don’t use “yes/no/yes/no/yes/no” argument circles. Advance your message. This is tenable, understandable to the audience, and persuasive.

2. Never address or confront “brokenness” or “emotional wounds.”

Ignore them like a stray cat and speak to things that bring healing only as they relate to your message. If you must diagnose, diagnose broken ideas, not broken people.

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Follow After

“Come follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” That’s what the coffee shop poster read. We’ve all heard it, but something struck me as I sipped my latte. Jesus’ disciples fished with a net, not bait and hook. The fish came in by the net-breaking, boat-sinking loads—that is, when Jesus was giving the instructions—and the fish didn’t have an option.

Do our ministries fish the same way Jesus instructed or have we dropped the powerful nets and switched to bait and hook? In Acts 1:4, Jesus ordered His disciples to WAIT until they received power. What changed since then?

Jesus’ disciples were different ages, some even in their early teens, yet He always instructed them at the same level. Ministry today, however, is often segregated by age. Adults get more “in-depth” teaching while children are reminded weekly about Bible stories and the same basic truths, though the children may have been Christians longer than some adults who lead them.

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The Poetic Magic of Policy

The Poetic Magic of Policy

Interpreting Researched Information –

Several years ago I had been reading about the British march the morning after Paul Revere’s midnight ride. While British soldiers were in retreat, American militia continued shooting. This caught the British by surprise and offended their view of “war conduct”, specifically not to fire on soldiers in retreat. In reflecting with my father, he said, “Americans didn’t much care for British ‘conduct’ in war.” I never thought much about it, nor have I had a reason to. But a thought hit me randomly just recently: It wasn’t that Americans had a different set of values about firing on an army in retreat; they didn’t see the British as being in “retreat”, but “relocating”. Ultimately, we didn’t chase the British back to England, only from our own shores. The Americans had the same values. The difference was their “view” or “vision”.

This seemed an interesting idea as it occurred to me, but I was far more interested in a later realization as I continued to ponder: The British were thinking in terms of that isolated campaign, the Americans wanted them out of the country because they knew the British wanted to launch such campaigns in the future.

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