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ERIC Number: ED352648
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Pages: 10
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A Rhetorical Approach to Journalistic Writing.
Johnstone, Monica
Magazine writing courses lean heavily on a model borrowed from journalism, but this is not the only, nor the most advantageous, model to apply to magazine writing. Despite the differences between the constraints that magazine writers and news writers face, many texts on magazine writing are reminiscent of textbooks on basic news writing. However, the rich heritage of the discipline of rhetoric and its modern offspring, composition studies, offers the magazine writer a wide and versatile vocabulary, a long tradition of descriptive analysis and critical thinking, and an elastic notion of genre. Perhaps most important is the basic premise that writing is not about information processing; instead it is about writers and readers and the way they can connect. A rhetorically-minded magazine writing textbook would answer the interdisciplinary calls for critical thinking instruction, and it would give students a more coherent experience as they go from freshman composition and English literature to journalism. (RS)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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