MEMO TO THE UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS: PLEASE TELL ME THAT THIS IS A JOKE...

PLEASE.

This is some wacky exercise your j-school program thought up to get some attention?

Leeds Trinity journalism department issued the prohibition in a memo to staff, explaining that uppercase print could "scare [students] into failure." The missive about "enhancing student engagement and achievement" included a number of other dos and don'ts. 

Lecturers were advised to write to students in a friendly tone and to avoid overbearing language and negative instructions. As the Express noted, among the prohibited terms listed were "do" and "don't."

The memo, which was obtained by the newspaper, said: "Despite our best attempts to explain assessment tasks, any lack of clarity can generate anxiety and even discourage students from attempting the assessment at all."

Your j-school students cannot handle ALL CAPS, then how will they handle death threats, threat of law suits, war zones, belligerent sources and the like?

They have to brave as soldiers because that is what they are signing up for.

An intangible war to liberate truth from lies.

This is why journalism education failed. They are not strengthening or toughening up students.

They are grooming them to spew press releases.

I hope this is a joke from someone with a silly sense of humour.

Either way, no wonder journalism is no longer a thing…