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The Associated Press Guide to News Writing Paperback – July, 1991
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Now that I copy edit, I've made our editor-in-chief buy it for all of the writers.
In a completely readable way, it demonstrates how to write clean, effective copy.
If you're vaguely dissastisfied with your writing, or if have any desire to write for publication, then get this book. It will improve your writing at least 100 per cent.
Writers who believe that the repetition of plain words within shouting distance of each other is crude take off on synonym safaris.... It's all the more grotesque as there are few true synonyms and the author may introduce misfits:
"The mayor's task force was asked to meet with the owners of the STRUCTURES, discuss whether they wanted their BUILDINGS preserved, and recommend ways to adapt older EDIFICES to new use."
STRUCTURES could be anything and EDIFICES is too grandiose; the story concerns commercial and apartment buildings. If the author didn't want to repeat BUILDINGS, a pronoun was the way out:
"...to meet with the owners of the buildings, discuss whether they wanted THEM preserved, and recommend ways to adapt the older ones to new uses."
The same craving for daintiness will convert elephants to PACHYDERMS, dogs to CANINES, cats to FELINES, tigers to STRIPED PREDATORS and cars to VEHICLES. Petroleum becomes BLACK GOLD, snow becomes WHITE POWDER (a justly forgotten poet once called it "God's dandruff"), a banana turns into THE ELONGATED YELLOW FRUIT.
The benefit of this style is that Cappon's admonitions pop up unasked whenever we commit one of the sins he identifies. I find that "elongated yellow fruit" frequently superimposes itself on my more tortured prose.
Personally, I would rather read a well written story about a topic in which I have no interest, than a poorly written story about something for which I am passionate.
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The best guide to news writing for the money. Great for beginning journalists and those who have been in the field for a few decades.Published 15 days ago by Bob of Ozarks
Excellent guide. It is full of very useful information about all aspects of writing news stories. It is concise but very informative. Thanks for the writer and amazon.comPublished 3 months ago by Amr
Very nice and to the point. But quite thin - I expected more pages. The print seems a little faded with the old copy that I picked, but readable.Published 8 months ago by Indian Edelweiss