Mass Media Writing: An Introduction / Edition 1by Gail Baker-Woods, Julie E. Dodd, Kay Ford, Ken Keller
Pub. Date: 08/15/1996
|Because journalism and mass media students need and benefit from writing skills for print-based media, this text first provides a strong foundation in newspaper writing techniques. Following chapters cover other media writing styles and discuss how and why these writing styles differ from (and resemble) newspaper writing. A final chapter|
|Because journalism and mass media students need and benefit from writing skills for print-based media, this text first provides a strong foundation in newspaper writing techniques. Following chapters cover other media writing styles and discuss how and why these writing styles differ from (and resemble) newspaper writing. A final chapter discusses legal aspects of writing, including libel, invasion of privacy, and First Amendment rights.|
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Table of ContentsEach chapter begins with “Key Concepts” and “Focus Questions,” and concludes with “Final Focus,” “You're on Deadline: Exercises,” and most end with "Endnotes."
About the Authors.
1.Introduction to Media Writing.
Media in Society.
Mass Media and Writing.
Impact of Technology on Media Writing.
Careers in Media.
2.Precision and Accuracy in Writing.
Writing by the Rules: Correct Grammar.
Breaking the Rules.
Importance of Correct Spelling.
Impact of Grammatical and Spelling Errors.
Writing Accurate Copy.
3.Journalistic Writing Style.
Mass Media Writing Format.
Formatting for Articles.
4.Preparing to Write.
Writing as a Process.
Other Sources of Information.
5.Writing News Stories.
What Is News?
What Should a News Story Contain?
Qualities of Good News Writers.
Formats for News Stories.
Writing News Stories.
6.Writing Feature Stories.
Feature Story vs. News Story.
Feature Stories Share Personal Experience.
Factual Material, Fiction-Writing Techniques.
7.Writing Broadcast News.
News in Summary Form.
8.Writing Radio News.
Early to Rise.
Scripting Radio News.
Telling the Story.
Hard News/Soft News.
Sound: The Lifeblood of Radio.
Types of Sound.
Putting It All Together: The Radio Newscast.
9.Writing Television and Cable News.
Telling Stories with Pictures.
It's Not Radio with Pictures.
“What Am I Seeing and Why Am I Seeing It?”
Writing to Pictures.
Basic Story Forms.
Writing the Story.
10.Writing for Public Relations.
The Reader-Friendly Approach to Writing.
The Planning Process.
The Writing Process.
The Evaluation Process.
11.Public Relations for External and Internal Audiences.
Reaching External Audiences.
Reaching Internal Audiences.
12.Introduction to Advertising Copywriting.
The Basics of Good Copy.
How and Why Advertising Copy Works.
Understanding Advertising Appeals.
Understanding the Limitations of Advertising.
What the Writer Brings to the Ad.
Understanding Criticisms of Advertising Copy.
Bad Copywriting Can Harm Products.
Good Copywriting Elements.
13.Writing Advertising Copy.
Writing Print Advertising.
Writing Broadcast Advertising.
Putting It All Together.
Cable and Satellite-Delivered Systems.
15.The Legal Aspects of Writing.
The First Amendment.
Freedom of Information Act.
Appendix A: Code of Ethics of the Society of Professional Journalists.
Appendix B: Review of Grammar Fundamentals.
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