Writing for Communication
1. USA.gov advertisement⌲Keep open minds when writing.
- List three words (adjectives) that first come to mind when viewing the commercial. Class answers included: informational, glamorous, quirky, eye catching, stereotypical, whimsical, theatrical, and appealing.
- Watch interview with investigative journalist and how her tone shifted through the commercial.
2. Discussion of personal writing challenges⌲You will learn to write cleanly, perfect clarity and thoroughness, translate jargon, and write on deadlines.
- This course will prep you for whatever you choose to do with your communication degree.
4. Objective versus fair discussion⌲Tightening up writing: "
5. Self editing⌲Note on feedback given on work: There will be a lot given shortly after the assignment is due. Take note of said feedback and meet with the Professor at anytime.
6. Popular class complaints
- delete and omit
- become slice and dice editors
- too much time on print
- too many styles
- move too quickly/ curve balls
- accessibility to grades
- not following the syllabus
- odd deadlines
⌲Professor's email= email@example.com (do NOT email his AU email address)
7. Personal introductions
8. Discussion of syllabus
9. Write one sentence describing what you read in the handout "Rough Draft" by Joel Achenbach
- Subscribe yourself to AP style of writing. https://www.apstylebook.com/
- Check blog weekly
- Current events quizzes are at the beginning of each class online http://quizstar.4teachers.org/indexs.jsp
- Attendance is important
10. Assigned QuizStar login information
11. James and Bryan read stories outloudCLASS HANDOUTS:
12. Power point presentations
- Do not "bury the lead" (
important things go last)
- We want to put the most important things first
- A Date & 5W'sWho: Joyce RollinsWhat: Met future husbandWhere: GeorgetownWhen: SaturdayWhy: Not yet clear, they connected quicklyAdd attribution from an official source, usually "according to," in order to establish credibilityKeep yourself out of the story as much as possible. Preferably 100%.
- Defining the news...13. Twenty-five word lead on scrambled sheetReview news values:
- Rules for print leads:Important information must come first25 words or lessUse past tenseDo NOT reveal your personal opinionInclude attribution from official sourceNo spelling/ grammatical/ or AP style errors
- Rough Draft by Joel Achenbach
- "Friday Morning" Blog Instructions
- The five-minute stylebook
- Writing for Communication Syllabus
- Email questions
- Top 10 mistakes
- Lead template sheet
- Practice lead information
- Quizstar Student Instructions
- List the three findings you find most striking, and why.
2. Read Text, Chapters 1-4
For pages 9-11, do 1.1 (Autobiography), 1.4 (Incident), 1.10 (Shoelaces)
3 - Read the The Washington Post every day.
Front pages of...
- Front page
- Metro section
- Sports section
- Style section
4 - Accept my invitation to the class blog and read advice for success from last semester's students. (Let me know asap if you didn't receive an invite or are unable to sign on).
5 - Answer the short survey I passed out in class. Email this to me before next class.
6 - Be sure to check your email every day to make sure you don't miss any messages from Professor.
Reminder: Use firstname.lastname@example.org for all our correspondence this semester.