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Journalistic scientific Writing: Comparison

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Comparing two forms of writing. Journalistic/popular versus Scientific/research writing.

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Journalistic scientific Writing: Comparison

  1. 1. Differences in terms of….. STRUCTURE PROCEDURE LOOK/ PRESENTATION LENGTH AUTHORSHIP REFERENCES PEOPLE
  2. 2. JOURNALISTIC WRITNG • Timely: Yesterday or now • Simple: construction as conveying • Relevant: Usually NEWS not views-Reviews • Conflict, Controversy, Unexpected, Sensational • Proximity: Physical/Cultural/Economic/Political • For lay persons, anyone and everyone • ‘History in Hurry’ • Who: Journalist-Editor/Owner-Publisher
  3. 3. Character…..of text JOURNALISTIC • Newspaper, leaflets, magazines etc. • For laypersons • Language that makes sense to common people • Use of words that are commonly used • Variety of styles • Look has to be attractive RESEARCH • Academic journals, research reports, working papers, Policy, laws, mon ographs etc. • For learned people • Language that demands prior understanding • Use of defined terms • Usually pre-fixed style
  4. 4. Journalistic Writing • 250-1000 words • Inverted pyramid order • Author is a reporter • Name may or may not be there- byline • Usually one author • Contemporary issues • Colour or B&W • Headline/Sub/Blurb • No statistical analysis • Journalist-editor-owner- publisher Scientific Writing • 2000-7000 words • IMRAD format • Author is researcher • Author is identifiable and bio is given • Multiple authors • Not necessary current • Usually B&W • Heads-subhead-graphs- figures • May have statistical analysis • Researcher-Editor-Publisher
  5. 5. • Popular Writing • No assessment • Editing by editor • Unspecified procedures • Generic themes • No footnotes/end notes • Analysis may not be present • Not to be subjective • May only be data or info Journalistic Writing Scientific Writing • Research writing • May have peer review • Have to specify process • Specific themes • Footnotes may be there • Data and Method of analysis is must • Occasionally subjective • Objectives-data-analysis

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