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ERIC Number: ED258224
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Aug
Pages: 19
Abstractor: N/A
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An Analysis of Writing Coach Programs on American Daily Newspapers.
Laakaniemi, Ray
A survey of 239 newspapers was conducted to explore the use of writing coach programs at these papers. The coaches' backgrounds, newsroom factors, specific writing problems, budgetary considerations, and implications for journalism education were all explored, as were the perceptions of editors supervising the writing coaches. Of the 239 papers completing the survey, 77 indicated they had or have had someone to help improve the writing of reporters. Of the 77, 30 said they had persons who were on the editorial staff, and 7 of these indicated that the person did nothing else but coach writing. The papers that did not have coaches gave budgetary restraints as the main reason. Of the 30 coaches, 25 had degrees in either journalism or English, 23 reported having been reporters on daily newspapers, and 25 said they had editing experience ranging from zero to 25 years. Eight papers assigned reporters to the coaches, nine let the reporter seek out the coach for help, three did all writing coach work in group sessions, and ten used a combination of these approaches. The most serious problem for reporters was not having organized their time and thoughts before writing. The most prevalent mechanical problems were wordiness, jargon, and lack of story flow. Lack of communication between editors and reporters about stories was the highest ranked newsroom problem. (HTH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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