ERIC Number: ED349568
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Journalism Students' Perception of English Composition as a Preparation for News Writing.
Dickson, Tom; Olson, Lyle
News writing students at two universities were surveyed concerning their perceptions of freshman composition and its usefulness for other academic writing, journalistic writing, and the work world. The survey was also designed to determine whether students believed freshman composition and journalism emphasized the same writing skills and whether variables other than freshman composition grade were better predictors of a students' success in introductory news writing. Subjects, 77 students who had just completed the first freshman composition course and the first journalism writing course at South Dakota State University and Southwest Missouri State University, responded to a 17-item survey concerning the two courses. Results indicated that: (1) journalism students perceived that freshman composition did not provide a good foundation for them in other courses and in the work world; (2) freshman composition and journalism emphasize different writing skills; and (3) English American College Testing (ACT) score, composite ACT score, and gender were better predictors of student's success in introductory journalism classes. Findings suggest that freshman composition was not seen as a good preparation for journalism students. (Eleven tables of data are included; 31 references are attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Journalism Research; South Dakota State University; Southwest Missouri State University; Writing Contexts
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (75th, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, August 5-8, 1992).