Writing Opinion for Impact / Edition 2

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Overview

Good editorial writing has the potential to start a war – or avoid one. Is it any wonder event the most experienced journalists find opinion writing important and fascinating? In this fully updated and revised second edition of Writing Opinion for Impact, author Conrad Fink provides the guidance for translating the basics into opinion writing that is reasoned, forceful, responsible, engaging and readable. New to this edition is a stand-alone chapter on Commentary for Cyberspace and Broadcast, with an expanded discussion of writing for online publications, including a discussion of Slate, other Internet services, and blogs. Also new to this edition is the inclusion of full-length editorials complete with the author’s commentaries that elaborate on teaching points from the chapters. These editorial reprints and author commentaries include: editorials from leading newspaper and magazine publications; a political commentary column; a humor column; a sports column; a film review; and columns on business and lifestyle. New or expanded coverage also includes: discussion of plagiarism and outright lying that struck column-writing in recent years; staying fair and balanced in reporting; computer assisted reporting, including Web sites; career progression for columnists; the trend toward campus newspaper columns containing frank sex advice. Aspiring editorial writers and columnists – whether students or journalists in transition – will find the second edition of Writing Opinion for Impact an invaluable guide to the responsibilities, techniques, and art of opinion writing.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813807515
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 11/22/2004
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 356
  • Sales rank: 1,309,218
  • Product dimensions: 7.11 (w) x 10.02 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Meet the Author

Conrad C. Fink, is Professor, William S. Morris Chair of Newspaper Strategy and Management at the University of Georgia Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication., and director of the James M. Cox Jr. Institute for Newspaper Management Studies. Widely experienced in both the newspaper industry and academe, Professor Fink is the author of eight journalism textbooks.

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Table of Contents

Introduction.

Acknowledgments.

Part One: Setting the Scene.

1. The Responsibilities of Opinion Writers.

2. Identifying Issues for Comment.

3. Reporting and Researching Your Opinions.

Part Two: Writing to Win Readers.

4. Writing Newspaper Editorials.

5. Writing Magazine Editorials.

Part Three: Writing Personal Columns.

6. Commentary That Hits Hard.

7. Amusing, Entertaining or Making ‘em Cry.

8. The Fun and Business of Sports.

Part Four: Arts Reviews and Criticism.

9. You and Arts Commentary.

Part Five: Extra Dimensions in Commentary and Opinion.

10. Specialty Columns and Comment.

11. Commentary for Cyberspace and Broadcast.

12. On Campus Today: How It’s Done.

Part Six: You and the Law: Write Defensively!.

13. Avoiding Legal Traps for Opinion Writers.

Name Index.

Subject Index

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2005

    Expert Advice From Expert Newspaperman

    Mr. Fink is one of the finest reporters to have ever worked in journalism. His classes at the Grady College of Journalism are legendary. Anyone interested in learning how to write opinion for impact would be well served by reading this book.

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