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ERIC Number: ED313710
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Nov-21
Pages: 10
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The Basic Media Writing Course.
Robards, Brooks
Basic media writing courses are integral to and will become an increasingly important part of communication programs as confusion over goals and lack of focus are clarified. Currently, media writing textbooks are designed for freshman composition, rhetoric, journalism, or mass communications courses. None do an adequate job surveying all types of media writing. A comparison between freshman composition and writing for mass media is a means to establish the focus for the latter. First, good writing comes in many styles and forms. Second, objectivity is central for media writing, while opinion and persuasion are keys in freshman composition. The uses of opinion in writing for the media are highly specialized. Third, rules of usage and formats change frequently in media writing as opposed to freshman composition, in which students often have deeply imbedded notions of what is or is not correct usage. Moreover, some specific concerns about the basic media writing course include the distinctions between print and broadcast media formats, the amount of material that warrants two semesters of work, the obligation to familiarize students with the technology involved in each of the media, and the dilemma of whether to use a foundations or a formats approach. (KEH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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