Active Writing

New York City Hall and a news conference in front of the steps.

Copyright 2018, Barbara Nevins Taylor ACTIVE WRITING Active writing allows you to say what you mean in a clear concise way with colorful verbs that paint a picture. In 1946, the writer George Orwell, author of Animal Farm and 1984,  complained about politicians and others who use fuzzy language to hide the truth. "Political language …

Journalism Style Guide

Most news organizations have style and ethics handbooks. They expect reporters, editors and producers to follow the guidelines they lay out. When it comes to writing, this means that reporters use the same abbreviations, punctuation and approach to writing. Here's an example from the Reuters Handbook: adjectives Use sparingly. Inject color into copy with strong …

Reporting Basics

  Reporting  Journalism means more than taking handouts or reporting what’s said in news releases. Good journalism rests on a set of principles. Solid stories require accurate information and balance in reporting it. Think about answering a story’s basic questions: who what when where why   HOW Then examine how the story happened. How do we …

How We Write

When you sit down to write make, sure that each sentence reflects what you mean. Use active verbs and write clear concise sentences that convey your ideas. Active Voice The subject comes first in an active sentence. Example An anonymous senior White House advisor wrote an Op-Ed piece for The New York Times and called …