Tim Radford, a former Guardian science editor, letters editor, arts editor and literary editor, sat down 15 or more years ago now and wrote 25 commandents for journalists. Ahead of an appearance tonight at Imperial College London, Radford has published them on the Guardian language pages.
He may have got a bit carried away with the number – commandments being traditionally limited to 10 – but each and every one is worth a look for any working or aspiring journalist.
1. When you sit down to write, there is only one important person in your life. This is someone you will never meet, called a reader.