ERIC Number: ED377481
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Writing Style Differences in Newspaper, Radio, and Television News. Monograph Series No. 1.
This monograph examines the features of writing in three journalistic media: television, radio and print. The monograph is relevant not only to students and teachers of journalism but also to those interested generally in the field of composition studies. It offers a highly specific analysis of the differences among the writing styles for these three media--differences that are often felt by student and teacher alike but rarely described in detail. Comparative in orientation, the monograph examines each of the three media in all major sections: (1) Leads; (2) Story Structure; (3) Sentence Structure; (4) Word Choice; (5) Names, Quotes and Attribution. Each of these sections discusses a number of distinct points; three columns, one for each of the media, highlight the comparisons. The section on "leads," for instance, looks at summary leads, datelines, beginning with names, the umbrella lead, an item lead, an anecdotal lead, a delayed lead, a buried lead, question leads and quote leads. Also, Appendix 1 shows the results of several interviews with media writers; they were asked a broad range of questions concerning clarity in the media. Appendix 2 offers a college curriculum guide to students preparing for a career in journalism. A 47-item bibliography relating to journalism skills is attached. (TB)
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Higher Education, Journalism Education, News Writing, Newspapers, Radio, Television, Writing for Publication, Writing Instruction, Writing Skills
Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Writing, University of Minnesota, 227 Lind Hall, 207 Church St., S.E., Minneapolis, MN 55455 ($6.50).
Publication Type: Guides - General; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Center for Interdisciplinary Studies of Writing.