- Paperback: 136 pages
- Publisher: Peterson's; 3 edition (1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0768919797
- ISBN-13: 978-0768919790
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,751 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Associated Press Guide to News Writing: The Resource for Professional Journalists 3rd Edition
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This official guide, The Associated Press Guide to Newswriting, is recognized as the standard professional resource for both novice and experienced news writers. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Rene J. Cappon is the General News Editor of the Associated Press, the oldest and largest news orgnanization in the world, serving as a source of news, photos, graphics, audio and video for more than one billion people a day. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
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.