A wonderful piece of journalism comes via [Ben Hammersley](http://www.benhammersley.com/weblog/2007/07/18/new_ap_styleguide.html) . It’s a story from the Paisley Daily Express about the joy [riding antics of a local teenager.](http://icrenfrewshire.icnetwork.co.uk/pde/news/tm_headline=double-trouble-for-daft-driver%26method=full%26objectid=19445281%26siteid=63858-name_page.html)

As Ben says it contains “the finest middle pars ever written by man”

Neil Mcintosh comments

Now, on first reading you might think this is a terrible journalistic lapse. The journo friend who sent me the link certainly thought so. But might it be a radical departure in style… a deliberate use of the kind of language many readers might use to describe the story? And might newspapers sell more if they dropped the standard bag of cliches, and started writing more like this?

That approach would certainly liven up first year newswriting workshops.

It’s been up since the 12th of this month so lets see if anyone is watching the stats. The countdown to it being taken down begins…