Reading Response 8: Do’s and Don’ts in Writing

When writing a news story it’s important to give it the attention that its worth. Its not always true that a longer story is better then a shorter one as long as the details are accurate and it is well written. Making sure the readers are able to acquire the information through the story is just as important as the accuracy. The type of story should also dictate the way it is written and way information is gathered. If the story mandates that it be written with a narrative feel then beginning with a descriptive opening is an excellent start to set the scene. Keeping the reader hooked can be achieved by creating word pictures for the reader.

Avoiding cliches can be tricky due to their widespread fame. While it may seem appealing to use a coined term to add familiarity to the story, however due to these being widely used and known readers grow tired of reading them. This can cause the reader to feel as if the story is not important to them and will likely cause them to grow dis-interested in reading the story entirely. Use of business jargon should also be avoided to lessen confusion among readers and to better describe the events taking place. Action verbs should also be used in place of “There is” to help bring a larger impact to the story.

Filak and Knight bring large amounts of insight into the world of media writing with these chapters with tips for new and old writers alike.

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