Marketers come up with all sorts of clever terms to obscure an inconvenient truth, and journalists should steer clear of such weasel words. But when it comes to gambling, the local media seems to have let down its guard, judging by how often the industry-preferred term “gaming” creeps into news copy. 


Callie Crossley is the host of WGBH News' Under the Radar.

Dan Kennedy is an associate professor of journalism at Northeastern University.

Kara Miller is the host of WGBH News' Innovation Hub.

Joshua Benton is the director of the Nieman Journalism Lab.