What’s in a Word?

Journalists at the Herald group of newspapers face the ‘risk of redundancy’ rather than simply ‘redundancy’, according to reports yesterday in two of the group’s titles.

The word, ‘risk’, appeared prominently in reports in both The Herald (here) and Evening Times (here) yesterday, following a debate in the Scottish Parliament about the reorganisation of staffing at the group.

It contrasts markedly with what staff were first led to believe when, at the start of last month, they were told that all, but a handful of them, would be required to re-apply for about 40 fewer jobs at the group.

In the memo, from group managing director, Tim Blott. It read simply: “All editorial staff are being made redundant and are invited to apply for jobs in the new structure.”

Comment: It was also interesting how the copy from The Herald piece was edited: Where was the