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What is Churnalism?  Well (you won't find it in your dictionary - yet) it's basically the rewriting of press releases.  You'll find examples of churnalism all over the internet, and you can check the originality of the writing on this site.  In their own words, it allows you to compare press releases with national newspaper articles to see whether the articles are churnalism, rather than journalism.  The Churnalism churn engine will tell you what percentage of the article is cut and pasted from a given press release.  The results will tell you how much of the article has been cut and paste, and how many words overlap.  You can also compare the original article with possible Churnalist articles.

Here's an example.

This month's blog is called Controversies in ELT.  Now I don't know about you, but I love a good controversy, and whether you are an ESL learner, or teacher, you should know what's being discussed out there.

Here's a quote from the blog:-

"In my view, language teachers should constantly question the assumptions on which their work is based; improvement comes from debate and controversies fuel that debate."

I agree we need debate, but we need to include the learners in that debate.  What do you think?

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