November 6, 2005

Newswriting - AP Guide 9&10

For color, reporters cannot rely on phrases and fancy - or ready-made - figures of speech. They relyon hard particulars. They must train themselves to spot those small, specific details that give intimate glimpses into the nature of their subject. (AP Guide to Newswriting 80)

The aforementioned is probably the most challenging aspect of the whole business of newswriting. Color, in newswriting, is really bland. We learned in Advanced Studies in Literature to write verb driven articles; however, it seems as though when one touches upon any interesting verbs in newswriting the verbs are immediately shot down as flowery, too much, outrageous, etc. One day, I would like to read more than "said," but then again, if articles were written that way, they would become too biased. Oh to reading literature....

Posted by KatieAikins at November 6, 2005 10:04 PM

When I first read this chapter and the part that says that a journalist can rely on adjectives and the like to make a story interesting made me think "..ok? How on earth do you do it then?" But, as I read on I saw how using particulars can be very effective and it sticks to hard facts. I have to agree that it is probably one of the most difficult things a reporter must do in terms of style and making the important interesting.

Posted by: Lorin Schumacher at November 8, 2005 12:40 PM

Although I'm not a creative writing major, writing about literature requires some creativity. I thought I finally had the whole "journalism" form of writing down (simple, to the point, no extras) down, but when I read this chapter I found that just because news calls for directness doesn't mean it also has to be boring.

Posted by: Katie Lambert at November 8, 2005 7:31 PM