RR1: Chapter 1 Why and How Good Writing Counts

In Writing, I think everyone can agree that it takes a massive amount of motivation to write a masterpiece. My experience with writing can simply be explained as trial and error. Grammar is just one of those humps I cannot seem to escape, and it haunts my papers. When I write about a topic I am passionate about it shows in the paper, but if it is something I am bored with; you best believe I am still going to be there struggling even to finish it.

In Chapter 1 of Journalistic Writing, Knight explains “the jargon trap.” It explains to be concise and write for a general audience as the people who read your work might not understand the acronyms you have in your writing. The phrase he uses as an example is “writ of summons.” You can expect an attorney to know, a writ of summons is a legal tool that brings a civil action. However, if your reader is an average person and doesn’t know about the “writ of summons” phrase, then you have to explain to the reader what they just read. Writing for your audience is important because it lays a foundation on simple and to the point. Knight points out, that no one is going to read something they do not understand and if you use big vocabulary words, it is hard for the reader to follow your lead.

In conclusion, Knight explains in order to write well, you must structure your introduction, and the body will follow, write for your audience, and keep your vocabulary simple. I am going to use what Knight said in this chapter to improve my skills as a writer. Moreover, I am going to refer back to his exercises and with luck grow as a media writer.


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