7 ways to avoid jargon in your writing

Anyone who has tried to read a legal document or a technical manual understands how jargon, clutter, numbers and acronyms can jumble together, undercutting meaning and frustrating even the avid reader. Writers must avoid the trap of describing complex issues in complicated prose. Clarity starts with a clear understanding of the topic you are writing about. Here are some other strategies for turning complicated facts into clear language for your audience. Without reference to your…

Opinion Journal: MHNG Opinion Picks of the Week

The late Professor Abubakar Momoh   …I believe that the greatest tribute that Professor Abubakar Momoh deserves from us is a renewed commitment on the part of ASUU and other progressive forces to mobilise the Nigerian people to campaign for the actualisation of the Fundamental Objectives and Directive Principles of State Policy in the Constitution, which is only feasible under a socialist Nigeria. The late Professor Abubakar Momoh was a celebrated polemicist. Looking at the…

EDITORIAL OF THE WEEK

  The authorities have to do more to protect the people A Lagos-based comedian Chinedu Paul and two others were last week named the latest victims of mob justice. Paul, aka Think Twice, accompanied by two mechanics, was on a mission to retrieve his broken-down vehicle. But the trio was mistaken for members of “Badoo,” a cult group which has been terrorising some areas in Ikorodu, Lagos, and lynched by some angry residents. Within a…

5 fact-checking tips for Editors

Facts matter in all types of writing, especially in news and informational texts. Errors of fact can damage a writer’s credibility and cause embarrassment, and they can irritate readers. Many fact errors are preventable, and that’s where editors come in. Your first step is to identify the potential fact errors in the writing. Here are next steps: Find at least two sources to verify information. Use reliable sources and websites. Ask the writer for source…

John Momoh @60!: From A Small Town Soccer-Loving Boy To A Media Mogul

While many see him as a media mogul, to some he is a small town soccer loving boy who would have been a star footballer before media came calling. ALEDEH Team celebrate this icon of history, John Olatchy Momoh, one of Nigeria’ finest media moguls. Born July 1, 1957, into a humble background in Lagos, Southwest Nigeria, John Momoh rose from the position of a newscaster with NTA to the Chief Executive Officer of Channels…

EDITORIAL OF THE WEEK

For declaring, the other day, that a more fruitful battle against corruption must begin from the churches or different houses of God, Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has officially extended the searchlight on corruption into the inner sanctuaries of spirituality. Osinbajo, who did not mince words about his convictions over the anti-corruption crusade, said religious leaders “need to talk far more about honesty in the same way we talk about giving,” and must brace up to…

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