There are good numbers and strong words from UMB this week. The good numbers are in the annual results: Revenue up 9.3%; Margins up 20.8% from 19.3%; More revenue from China than Europe; The strong words are from David Levin, chief executive since 2005, in The Daily Telegraph speaking before the results were out. Software
The order of the words really does mattter. Sounds obvious but it’s an easy one to get wrong. Take this photo and caption that appeared in The Guardian print version on February 25, 2012 (they did a better job online). The problem is the word “her”. Which woman is it referring to? Prior knowledge tells
Advertising sellers and journalists are toiling away on the first edition of The Sun on Sunday in Wapping. The most important job is being done by the advertising sellers. They have to persuade the advertisers that this is not the News of the World Mark II. “It’s The Sun on Sunday (SoS)” they will have
Getting the right message in your headline, your title or your subject line in an email is crucial. It’s where you grab the reader’s attention. But sometimes writers try so hard to get you to read that they shoot themselves in the foot. Anyone sending out an email newsletter these days is fighting against a
Paul Dacre, editor of the Daily Mail, has made a proposal which may, at last, turn journalism into a real profession. He told the Leveson inquiry this week that journalists should be accredited by a body of self regulation. Only those accredited journalists would be free to attend press conferences. Regulation through press cards This
Look for visual images to give your writing more lasting impact. Visual images are everywhere this weekend in the UK. We’ve got “the grit in the oyster” otherwise known as Chris Huhne, the Liberal Democrat MP who stepped down as energy minister on Feb 3, 2012 after being charged with perverting the course of justice.