Journalistic Writing Building the Skills, Honing the Craft

ISBN-10: 1933338385

ISBN-13: 9781933338385

Edition: 3rd 2010

Authors: Robert M. Knight

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List price: $24.95
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Marion Street Press, LLC
Publication date: 5/1/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 312
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.210

Why and How Good Writing Counts
The Deadline Dilemma
Getting the Subject from One Mind to Another
The Jargon Trap
The Blessings of a Well-Crafted Lede for the Reporter and Reader
The Time-Saving, On-Deadline Formula
The Style Trap
Some Basic Guidelines for Developing Writing Skills
A Word about the English Language
Bigger Does Not Always Mean Better
The Beauty - and the Bane - of a Big Vocabulary
Is It Newsworthy?
The Lede, the Story, the Medium
Audience and Audiences
The Prime Criteria of Newsworthiness
Human Interest: The Grab-Bag Criterion
Newsworthiness for the Eye and Ear
Designer Newsworthiness: Creating "News" for Ratings and Profit
Taking the Electronic Hits
But Does It Matter?
Exercises: An Improbable News Day
Leading the Reader On
The Lede: The Critical Element
Avoiding Dull or Generic Ledes
Leading with a Question
Leading with a Direct Quote
Ensuring the Lede Makes Sense
The "Nut-Graf" Approach
Getting to the Point
Avoiding Lede Intimidation
Building the Story
How Not to Conduct an Interview
Bringing the Story Together
One Reporter's Example
When to Stop Describing
Developing the Breaking Story
Developing an Issue by Using Specifics
The Feature: Writing about How and Why
Writing for Magazines: A Category in Search of a Definition
The Magazine Feature
The Craft
The Rewards of Murky Writing
Separating the Craft from the Profession
Avoiding Wordiness
Caution: Concise Writing Doesn't Always Enhance Clarity
Eliminating Redundancy
Compounding the Sentence with Complexity
Correctly Using "That" and "Which" (and "Who" and "Whom")
Writing with Precision
Using Parallel Structures; Making Your Numbers Agree
Sexist Language versus Good English
An American Dilemma?
Your Antecedents Are Showing: Dangling Participles and Misplaced Modifiers
Writing Directly, Without Apology; Avoiding Tiptoe (or Weasel Words)
Replenishing the Word Supply
Active Voice, Action Verbs
The Relationship of Active Voice and Action Verbs
Active Voice and Honesty
Active Voice, Clarity and Crispness
Action Verbs and Imagery
Being (or Linking) Verbs
Creativity Killers?
An Appearance of Honesty
Journalistic Ethics: An Oxymoron?
A Passion for Accuracy
Avoiding Generalizations, Assumptions, Pomposity and Overblown Statements
Euphemisms: When Tact and Truth Don't Agree
Fudge Marks: How Not to Embellish Your Prose
Of Opinion and Ethics: The Elusiveness of Truth
Don't Editorialize Unless You Are Writing a Column or Editorial
Respect the Reader
Make Sure the Reader Knows What You're Writing About
Quotations and Attributions: Taking the Onus off the Reporter
Is the Reporter Making this Up?
The Power of the Direct Quote
Keep the Reporter Out of the Story
The Eternal Clich�
Word Exhaustion and the Death of Originality
Avoid the Empty and the Trite
The Making of a Clich�
Clich�s to Avoid
Apprentice Clich�s and Slang
Juggling Jargon: the Mark of a Lazy Writer
Business Jargon
Cop and Criminal Lawyer Lingo
The Comic Value of Clich�s
Red Flags and No-Nos
The Need to Exist Versus the Need for Surgical Removal
The Big Red Flag: "That"
Special Red Flags: "There is" and Similar Usages
Another Special Red Flag: "Feel"
Red Flag Tenses: Perfect Doesn't Always Mean Good
No-nos: Only Use Them in Direct Quotations
Special No-nos: "Currently" and "Presently"
Rules to Write By
Broadcast Style
Medium versus Message
Comparing the Media
Writing for Broadcast: How to Cater to the Ear and Eye
Some Broadcast Style Pointers
The Anchor and the Reporter
Variations for the Visual Media
An Alphabetical Digest of Broadcast Writing Rules
Various Points of Style
The Beautiful Mongrel
Learning the History of English: the Point
English Language; Celtic Expression
A Question of Pedigree, or Lack thereof
Geoffrey, Will and the Boys
Dr. Johnson and the Beginnings of Modern English
English, the Equal Opportunity Borrower
About the Author
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