Field Notes- Words – Today’s Zaman

As far as ‘words’ go for Today’s Zaman, the publication is really quite straightforward. It rarely tries to get funny or flirtatious or poetic and the few times it does it is within the arts or sports sections (places where ‘funny’ or ‘clever’ might seem appropriate). Oftentimes I feel that the English titles (while this is not a translated paper) truly don’t ‘translate’, certain heads appear to wordy or passive, and overall a lot of the words use seem very stinted. I do not think this means the paper is ill-written, I just feel that it’s audience is not one that would appreciate ‘clever.’

Screen Shot 2014-02-16 at 10.18.37 PM Screen Shot 2014-02-16 at 10.18.52 PM Screen Shot 2014-02-16 at 10.21.26 PMHeads in Today’s Zaman are often very straightforward and at times a little wordy. There is very little room for ‘clever’ and when it is used Screen Shot 2014-02-16 at 10.19.18 PM it is in very particular sections. (this one was in the expat, personal write-ins, section)

Screen Shot 2014-02-16 at 10.19.02 PM Screen Shot 2014-02-16 at 10.19.09 PM   Section heads are very simple and clear, sports, business, world, culture & arts, opinion, columns, and the “expat zone.”

Screen Shot 2014-02-16 at 10.20.24 PM  Pull quotes are very descriptive and often summarize a good chunk of the story, so that they could easily serve as standalones.

Screen Shot 2014-02-16 at 10.21.20 PM  Promos , similar to the other words discussed so far are very simple, clear and to the point.

Screen Shot 2014-02-16 at 10.22.21 PM Screen Shot 2014-02-16 at 10.22.32 PM  Bylines name the person and then where their from which I feel is very interesting and gives much insight into Turkish life and politics if where the writer is from matters enough to announce in the paper.

Screen Shot 2014-02-16 at 10.22.46 PM Captions (this is a small example, I apologize) are very much summary or even at times directly pulled from the story. This photo caption was actually a direct copy of the first sentence of the story.

While, perhaps not amusing, the words used in Today’s Zaman paint a very clear picture, this is a paper to be taken seriously, a paper to be read to know the truth about matters.

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