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Unformatted text preview: 1-22-08 Notes10 Writing Tips1.Did I write in active voice?Ex. THE MAN WAS ARRESTED---THE PARK PATROL OFFICER ARRESTED THE MAN2.Did I write in my own voice or the voice of an official? (jargon)Ex. COCAINE ON HIS PERSONEx. No one understands the difference between a 3-alarm or 4-alarm fireEx. Hospital condition – good vs. stable are same thing (critical condition)Ex. Difference b/w felony & misdemeanorEx. Don’t use voice of AP wire3.Do I stick to one idea per sentence? When writing for the ear, keep sentences short. In a broadcast story, the “5 W’s” are sprinkled throughout.Ex. THE MAN, WHO WAS A GRADUATE OF HARVARD, LOVED CATS.THE MAN GRADUATED FROM HARVARD. HE LOVED CATS.4.Did I eliminate unnecessary information? Ages of people are often irrelevant! So are street names, surnames, etc. Refer them to the website for more detailed info. Only include these things if they are really pertinent to this story.Ex. Emerson Alumni hall – don’t give address – but say it is across from the stadium5.If I were telling this story to my mother or friend, how would I say it? Write casually.6.Did I attribute important facts to appropriate authorities? And did I make sure to put attribution first?...
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This note was uploaded on 04/22/2008 for the course RTV 3303 taught by Professor Torres during the Spring '08 term at University of Florida.
- Spring '08