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#Tip of the day for journalists: Use ‘define’ to check a dictionary definition

February 22nd, 2013 | No Comments | Posted by in Search, Top tips for journalists
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Image by plentyofants on Flickr. Some rights reserved

As a journalist you no doubt have to check a dictionary definition now and again. It may be to check the meaning or to reassure yourself you have the correct word (compliment or complement, illicit or elicit, virality or virility, for example).

You will see from this list of errors that appeared on the New York Times site that sometimes a spell check does not help.

So do you reach for a book, launch an application or look to an online dictionary? A quick way is to use the Google advanced operator to give you the result.

Type ‘define:keyword‘ into your Google search bar and you will be given a result.

For example, here I typed ‘define:complement’ into Google.



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Social network for journalism researchers

October 31st, 2008 | No Comments | Posted by in Online Journalism

Journalism lecturer and blogger at the Online Journalism Blog (OJB), Paul Bradshaw, has set up a rather nifty social network for journalism and news researchers using Ning:

“It’s an attempt to provide a way for journalism students and academics to get in touch with others researching the same area, exchange ideas and tips, and ask for help on everything from finding relevant literature to sourcing contacts and the best research methods.

“Research is traditionally a solitary, frustrating endeavour. It doesn’t need to be. If you work with journalism students, please encourage them to join the network and contribute a question or an answer,” writes Bradshaw on the OJB.

There are 139 members at time of writing, so go get yourself signed up.

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