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Writing Across Communication: An Introduction To Writing

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Writing Across Communication is a presentation for students and working professionals hoping to expand the scope of their profession as writers and communicators, whether they have previously seen themselves as journalists, copywriters, marketers, or public relations professionals.

It was presented as in-class supplement by Richard Becker, ABC, president of Copywrite, Ink., at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. It is also the basis for an experimental 8-session online course that will be offered direct through Copywrite, Ink. in the near future.

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Writing Across Communication: An Introduction To Writing

  1. 1. An Introduction To Writing Writing Across Communication Richard Becker, Copywrite, Ink. at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  2. 2. What is writing? Writing Across Communication Richard Becker, Copywrite, Ink. at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  3. 3. It depends on who you ask. Writing Across Communication Richard Becker, Copywrite, Ink. at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  4. 4. Walter Lippmann It’s an opportunity “to tell the truth and shame the devil.” Writing Across Communication Richard Becker, Copywrite, Ink. at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  5. 5. Edward Bernays It’s “the intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses.” Writing Across Communication Richard Becker, Copywrite, Ink. at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  6. 6. Stuart Ewen It’s “a battle for what is reality and how people see and understand reality.” Writing Across Communication Richard Becker, Copywrite, Ink. at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  7. 7. Scott Cutlipp It’s a tool for “mutually beneficial relationships between an organization and its publics.” Writing Across Communication Richard Becker, Copywrite, Ink. at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  8. 8. Shirley Polykoff It’s a “direct conversation with the consumer.” Writing Across Communication Richard Becker, Copywrite, Ink. at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  9. 9. Stephen King It’s “the truth inside the lie.” Writing Across Communication Richard Becker, Copywrite, Ink. at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  10. 10. Jon Buscall It’s “a commitment, not a campaign.” Writing Across Communication Richard Becker, Copywrite, Ink. at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  11. 11. Writing is all these things. Writing Across Communication Richard Becker, Copywrite, Ink. at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  12. 12. It is the process by which we translate our desired perception of objective and conceptual realities into a form that others may see, adopt, and act upon. Writing Across Communication Richard Becker, Copywrite, Ink. at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  13. 13. And that is very, very important. Writing Across Communication Richard Becker, Copywrite, Ink. at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  14. 14. We are the only creatures on the planet that can form flexible and scalable cooperatives based upon abstract concepts and public opinions — our desired perception of objective and conceptual realities. Writing Across Communication Richard Becker, Copywrite, Ink. at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  15. 15. Cooperative Capacity. Scalable. Flexible. Writing Across Communication Richard Becker, Copywrite, Ink. at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  16. 16. Desired Perception. Objective. Conceptual. Writing Across Communication Richard Becker, Copywrite, Ink. at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  17. 17. It has always been this way. Writing Across Communication Richard Becker, Copywrite, Ink. at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  18. 18. It will always be this way. Writing Across Communication Richard Becker, Copywrite, Ink. at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  19. 19. The only change that has ever taken place in history is the speed in which we deliver it, the number of people we may reach, and the method they prefer to receive it. Writing Across Communication Richard Becker, Copywrite, Ink. at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  20. 20. Writing Across Communication Richard Becker, Copywrite, Ink. at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas This class. This class is designed to provide students with an understanding of how writing can be applied across communication — disciplines such as journalism, public relations, content marketing, advertising, and multimodal interaction — with an expressed intent to translate defined objective and conceptual realities to select recipients so they may see, understand, discuss, adopt, and take action; and the ethical implications of this skill.
  21. 21. Writing Across Communication Richard Becker, Copywrite, Ink. at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas • The impact and cost of careless errors. • The misconception of spell check. • Editing techniques and proofing marks. • The most common errors made daily. • Striving for clarity for your readership. • Writing with style and universal ideas. • Organizational elements and structure. Writing & Editing. 2
  22. 22. Writing Across Communication Richard Becker, Copywrite, Ink. at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Journalism. 3 • Defining news as an objective journalist. • Interviewing, research, and story development. • Writing news stories, columns, and features. • Investigative reporting and real time coverage. • Migrating from print to multimedia formats. • Understanding the role and responsibility. • Recognizing the current crisis in journalism.
  23. 23. Writing Across Communication Richard Becker, Copywrite, Ink. at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Public Relations. 4 • Defining news within an organization. • Understanding news release purpose. • The traditional news release format. • The evolution of the news release. • Alerts, statements, and distribution. • Measuring the effectiveness of a release. • Planning for long-term media relations.
  24. 24. Writing Across Communication Richard Becker, Copywrite, Ink. at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Crisis Communication. 5 • Communication during a crisis. • Simplifying the communication process. • Conducting a situational analysis. • Managing and minimizing bad news. • Identifying and responding to questions. • Collecting feedback and contingency plans. • Preparing or appearing as a spokesperson.
  25. 25. Writing Across Communication Richard Becker, Copywrite, Ink. at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas • Strategic planning and customer research. • Nurturing specialized skills and abilities. • Developing content that really matters. • Keeping pace with new technologies. • Applying creative writing and design. • Managing distribution and promotion. • Tracking realistic objectives and trends. Content Marketing. 6
  26. 26. Writing Across Communication Richard Becker, Copywrite, Ink. at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Advertising. 7 • Advertising and integrated marketing. • Nine rules for effective advertising. • Speaking to the person across the table. • Finding inspiration and creative ideas. • Writing for print, radio and television. • Looking for product points and contrasts. • Determining the intent of advertising.
  27. 27. Writing Across Communication Richard Becker, Copywrite, Ink. at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Immersion. 8 • Understanding multimodal interaction. • Adopting future technology and trends. • Aligning multiple customer touch points. • Reinforcing reputation and brand value. • Remaining confident without control. • Becoming an integral part of the product. • Recognizing the real ethical implications.
  28. 28. Additional Resources. working title Writing Across Communication Richard Becker, Copywrite, Ink. at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  29. 29. Richard R. Becker,ABC Richard Becker (Rich) is an American writer, educator, and creative strategist. He holds several executive and board positions, and is best known for his position as president of Copywrite, Ink., a strategic communication firm with experience on more than 1,000 accounts. He has taught writing, marketing, public relations, and communication classes at the University of Nevada, LasVegas, for almost two decades. He occasionally accepts invitations to appear as a guest speaker and private educator. richardrbecker.com Writing Across Communication Richard Becker, Copywrite, Ink. at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas

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