Broadcast Word Play

I used to loathe puns, but as a reporter and assigning editor I was grateful to have copy editors in my corner who could turn a phrase or come up with something clever on the spot for a headline or title.

So I made a conscious effort to get better at them and become a more well-rounded copy editor. I learned that it’s the hokiest ones — that is, safe for all audiences — that are the hardest to make. Anyone can make a stupid sex pun.

Here are examples taken from my time at CGTN. Most were grabbed on the fly as I made them; others I managed to grab proper screenshots of as they appeared on air. I still cringe when I read half of these, but, hey, it is a skill copy editors are expected to have.

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