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Journalism: Writing and Style



Writing lecture for my 200 level Multimedia Writing course.

Writing lecture for my 200 level Multimedia Writing course.



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  • Spring 2010 Good Writing, Style
    • Questions from Ch. 1 and Ch. 3
    • How news is gathered
      • Associated Press, Reuters and other wire copy like PR Newswire
      • Reporters gather news
    • Week Three Readings
      • The Oatmeal
      • Media College
      • Grammar Girl
    • More on Good Writing
      • Avoid long, complex sentences
      • Put the best information first
      • Sentence organization
      • Write in active voice
      • Avoid technical terms and jargon
      • Avoid unnecessary words
      • Get a thesaurus/dictionary
    • More on Good Writing (cont.)
      • Avoid clichés
      • If using slang , remember
      • Can the sentence be written another way?
      • Some slang words/terms are not well known
      • Avoid generalizations and if
      • List titles of sources first
    • Capitalization – titles
      • Capitalize title of authority before a name
        • President Barack Obama or President Hosni Mubarak
      • Use lowercase when standing alone or following a name
        • The president met with the attorney general.
    • Capitalization – directions
      • Capitalize names of specific regions and areas
        • Middle East, East Allegheny
      • Use lowercase when referring to a compass direction
        • They headed east.
    • Capitalization
      • Capitalize the if is part of organization
        • The American University in Cairo
      • Capitalize titles of poems, films, books, songs, TV shows , artwork, etc.
      • Use quotation marks around titles
        • “ The Grapes of Wrath”
    • Capitalization
      • Capitalize and spell out first through ninth in street names
        • 129 Fourth St.
      • Use numerals for 10 th and above
      • 1549 21 st Ave.
    • Abbreviations
      • Abbreviate months when used w/specific dates
        • Oct. 2, 2007
      • In most cases, do not abbreviate the months of March, April, May, June or July
      • Proper names are always capitalized
        • Spanish book or French department
    • Abbreviations
      • Spell out first mentions of most organizations
      • Subsequent references may use an acronym
        • The American University in Cairo AUC
      • Abbreviations of well known organizations should not be spelled out
      • YMCA, FBI, IBM
    • Abbreviations
      • Abbreviate doctor in all references
      • Abbreviate most professional and government titles
      • Dr. Lisa Anderson
      • Do not abbreviate president or vice president or titles of cabinet officers
    • Names and Titles
      • Use a sources complete name on the first reference
      • Use only the last name on subsequent references
      • Do not use Miss , Mr. , etc. unless it is a part of an accepted pseudonym
      • Mister Rogers
    • Numbers
      • Spell out numbers from zero to nine
      • He gave me three dollars.
      • Use numerals for 10 and above
      • There were 16 apples in the basket.
      • Numbers at the start of a sentence are spelled out
      • Ten days later …
    • Numbers
      • Use numerals w/distance, weight, ages, etc.
      • He is 5 feet 8 inches and weights 197 pounds.
      • The store offered a 15 percent off coupon.
          • And spell out symbols like percent, point, etc.
      • When specifying time, use numerals, a.m. or p.m. and day or date
      • 4:15 p.m. Tuesday
    • Numbers / Money
      • Money in millions or more, round numbers take the dollar sign; million and billion are spelled out
      • The lottery is only $1.35 million this week.
      • Numerals are used in amounts less than a million
      • The company earned $125, 000 on that project.
      • Spell cents in amounts less than $1
      • My brother found 15 cents.
    • Comma
      • Drop the comma before the and when you list items in a series
      • Her dress was bright yellow, pink and red.
    • Tight Writing Exercise #1
      • See handout
    • "Remember , the easiest thing for the reader to do is to quit reading .“
    • ~Barney Kilgore, Wall Street Journal
    • Project #2: Audio Essay
    • Blogging Assignment