Reading Response 1

In the chapters for our reading response, Filak explains a few ways to make articles easier for readers to comprehend. One of these ways is to write shorter sentences. Since longer sentences are harder to understand, it makes sense for journalists to write in shorter, simpler sentences. Along with this are what Filak calls the “Killer Be’s”. Be right, be tight, be active, be clear, be smooth, and be quick. Having taken a media writing class before though, most of this information is not new to me. However, having worked on the school newspaper, I have seen them put into practice more and more. Having experience writing, I have seen the effects of following these principles in my own writing as well as my fellow journalists.


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