September 27, 2005

Brevity is the Soul of Wit

I really enjoyed reading the first three chapters of Rene J. Cappon's The Associated Press Guide to News Writing. Before entering this course I was very unfamiliar with the style of news writing. These chapters really helped me understand how news writing differs from creative and literary writing. The key to this new style is brevity and simplicity, two skills that I am definitely lacking. I often find myself relying too heavily on adjectives and modifiers rather than utilizing the clearest briefest phrase possible. Exercising this practice will really help me make my writing in all disciplines stronger.

The chapter on leads was very helpful because it went into more than just the black and white details of constructing a lead. The examples given really helped illustrate how the skills addressed in first two chapters influence and affect the construction of leads. I know as I was writing my first spot news story, I kept referring back to this chapter to make sure that my lead was following all of the guidelines. I was so tempted to write it as I would an introductory paragraph to an essay, thesis and all, and this chapter really helped me break out of that habit.

Posted by JohannaDreyfuss at September 27, 2005 09:28 PM | TrackBack

Johanna -

Relearning is challenging, isn't it?

Posted by: Katie Aikins at September 27, 2005 10:26 PM
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