Lori Walsh interviews author Roy Peter Clark. He joins Dakota Midday to talk about the importance of language when discussing breaking news, tragedy, and developing stories. From phrases such as “worst mass shooting” and designations such as “presumptive nominee,” Clark examines the value of ethics and usage when we discuss the stories of our times in ways that honor accuracy and truth. Roy Peter Clark has taught writing at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies since 1979. He has served the Institute as its first full-time faculty member, dean, vice-president, and senior scholar. He contributes regularly to Poynter.org on topics such as writing, reporting, editing, coaching writers, reading, language and politics, American culture, ethics, and the standards and practices of journalism. He is the author or editor of eighteen books.