"Your instructor does not expect you to be an expert. You are supposed to be learning. You write from the position of a learner...The news is supposed to be a source of verified facts, not just a vehicle for passing along what people are saying" (Jerz).
After reading the comparison chart on English writing vs. Newswriting, I found the above quote to be very informative and informational. When we are writing an academic English paper, then we look for quotes that support or deny the topic and compose a very well written paper on a topic that we may or may not be that familiar with.
On the other hand, when we are writing newspaper articles, then we must know the facts and not just learn as we go. Could you imagine a reporter just learning the facts as they spoke? It would be similar to the Onion presentation on Youtube.com.
Sometimes when we are writing English papers, we will, unconsciously, put some fluff into the paper (showing instead of telling) instead of just writing what we want to write. When we are writing for the news, then we need to be as clear as we can possibly be. This seems very important because it shows the reader that you know the facts and are giving it to them in writing as quickly as you can.
So, what if a news writer added fluff into some of their articles? Would it be okay or would it destroy the meaning of news and paper?
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