MY BLOG: What I’ve learned in Introduction to News Writing so far
So far in my Introduction to News Writing course, I have learned a lot about journalistic writing and how different it can be from academic writing. I now understand how much work goes into news writing and how you need to voice news writing differently from academic writing. I have always felt that I am a strong writer, but I quickly learned that I am a strong academic writer, and news writing takes more effort for me to work through.
The police ride-along story taught me a lot about news writing, and I was far outside of my comfort zone when writing it. News stories tend to be much shorter than academic writing, and it took some time to figure out how to consolidate what I wanted to say. Additionally, I became aware how much work it takes to find sources and include that information properly. However, I learned that people are usually fairly willing to help be a source and give information for articles, which surprised me. I anticipated that it would take much more time to get a hold of people and get information back, but for the police ride-along and other stories I have written, most people have gotten back to me in a timely manner and have provided a great amount of information. In regards to news writing and sources, I have learned that it’s better to reach out to more people than you need in the event that some don’t respond because it’s better to have too much information than too little information.
Overall, I’ve learned many useful ideas in this class that are helping me to become a better writer, and I look forward to learning even more as the semester comes to a close.
My name is Rosemary Roller, and I am a student at the University of Utah. I received an Associate’s Degree in General Studies from Salt Lake Community College in 2012, and I am currently working on a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications.
I’ve lived in Salt Lake City my entire life and love exploring the city. While I enjoy trying new restaurants and visiting new places in my hometown, I have a massive love for traveling as well. I try to travel as often as I can and hope to incorporate travel into my career after I finish my education.
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