Category Archives: *writing

How to use news values

When considering your next newsworthy post or freelance article, it is important to consider the following news values: prominence, proximity, impact, conflict, timeliness, novelty/bizarre. Prominence deals with the characters you include in your piece. If it is relevant, include the … Continue reading

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Overcoming writer's block

Many of us have experienced it: the urge to write, but nothing – no words, no ideas – bubble up like a shaken soda ready to burst forth. Writer’s block can be compared to a slump, or a rut, or … Continue reading

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Overcoming writer’s block

Many of us have experienced it: the urge to write, but nothing – no words, no ideas – bubble up like a shaken soda ready to burst forth. Writer’s block can be compared to a slump, or a rut, or … Continue reading

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Write Good 4: Don't wright like this.

1.   Use youre spell chekker to avoid mispeling and to catch typograhpical errers. 2.   Don’t repeat yourself, or say again what you have said before. 3.   Don’t be redundant. 4.   Use the apostrophe in it’s proper place and omit it … Continue reading

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Write Good 4: Don’t wright like this.

1.   Use youre spell chekker to avoid mispeling and to catch typograhpical errers. 2.   Don’t repeat yourself, or say again what you have said before. 3.   Don’t be redundant. 4.   Use the apostrophe in it’s proper place and omit it … Continue reading

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Write good 2

One should never generalize. Eliminate quotations. As Ralph Waldo Emerson once said: “I hate quotations. Tell me what you know.” Comparisons are as bad as cliches. Don’t be redundant; don’t use more words than necessary; it’s highly superfluous. It behooves … Continue reading

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Writing is what we do.

Usually I write after doing the appropriate research, so I can present the facts along with my interpretation and carefully considered opinion. This post is just different. I have no master plan. I don’t even know how I’m going to … Continue reading

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Blog writing presents opportunities, obstacles

   Communicating online presents unique opportunities and obstacles. When people communicate face to face, they have the opportunity for immediate feedback. For example, if I said, “The movie, Leatherheads was good,” you could reply: “In what way was it good?” … Continue reading

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For improved writing, think visually

When writing, think visually To be engaging as a writer, continually ask yourself —  can my readers visualize what I am trying to communicate. The journalist’s maxim: Show, don’t tell will take you a long way to accomplish effective writing. Consider the … Continue reading

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Writing is like baking a cake

When preparing to bake a cake, to do a really good job, first you must go to the freshmarket and buy the best ingredients. Stale flower, spoiled milk, rotten eggs, and old sugar just won’t measure up. Even  Chef Rino … Continue reading

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Spanish makes a great second language

Learning another language can be a fun and satisfying experience. Moreover, the joy of communicating with folks in their own language can be contagious. Just observe your kids or your neighbor’s kids. With the steady influx of immigrants and international … Continue reading

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The problem with pronouns

  Does this sound familiar? You dial the telephone number, and three rings later, a voice responds: “Hello. You’ve reached company xyz. Billy and me ain’t in right now. We’s on vacation. Leave us a message, and he’ll call back … Continue reading

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College Journalism: Getting in touch with your readers.

All week your staff works hard to create a paper for the vast campus just outside your newspaper office. You check your facts, you proofread your stories, you look for just the right photograph – and then you hope people … Continue reading

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