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1 LANGUAGE: Pompous, Pedantic and Plain
2 NEWS WRITING: Information Is Not Enough
3 LEADS: The Agony of Square One
4 THE CASE FOR THE PERIOD
6 TONE: The Inner Music of Words
7 PITFALLS: Attributive Verbs and Loaded Words
8 QUOTES: Your Words or Mine?
9 COLOR: Dip Your Brush in Small Details
10 PSEUDO-COLOR: Cliches and Other Trespasses
11 FEATURES: A View from the Poets' Corner
12 USAGE: Handling Those Hectoring Hangups
13 BESTIARY: A Compendium for the Careful and the Crotchety
Posted August 3, 2004
The author, Rene (Jack) Cappon was born in Vienna in 1924. He speaks German and Hungarian (which he has forgotten the latter). He was AP News features editor from 1958 to 1962 and then later become AP Managing Editor. As General News Editor he took over stewardship of Poet¿s Corner in 1977. This handbook is used in AP bureaus nationwide and I personally found it enlightening. I had always felt that my writing might be `long winded¿ and full of unnecessary descriptive words. He brings this all to light. I initially picked up this handbook because I have had a long dream to someday make my debut as a journalist and thought this might be a place to start. I find now that after having read this handbook I do not look at the newspaper in the same way. I find myself critiquing the journalist and rewriting local breaking news for writing exercises. I promise you that you will never look at your writing the same way. He shows you how to identify the `journalese¿ in your work. He encourages you to write `visually¿ and shows you the proper way and when you should quote. He touches on examples of when wordiness is way too much and how to simplify without losing information &/or impact of your writing. He points out that qualifiers are inevitable in journalism, but he warns to be careful not to get carried away with them. I love the way that he takes real life news and rewrites it showing how to cut down on wasted words, wasted space. I not only recommend this book to individuals that want to break into journalism, but I recommend this book to any writer of any genre. This book has made it to my reference stack on my writing desk. It is 136 pages of pure gold for the writer in everyone.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.