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Tightening for clarity

Description Journalistic writing is much more tightly written than writing most students have done before. It’s written for an audience that doesn’t have much time and wants information quickly and understandably. Something that you can write in three words is usually better than something taking seven. …

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AP style introduction

Description Associated Press is the style most journalists use. It is consistent for AP reporters around the world so if their stories run in newspapers anywhere in the U.S. or in international media, readers know what to expect.   Objectives Students will be able to explain …

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Fact checking 2

Description Editing is still more than putting commas in the right places and following AP style. An important editing job is fact-checking. We’ll use the same tips we used on the first fact-checking lesson and apply them to an article that has already been published. Did …

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Choosing engaging verbs

Description Journalistic writing doesn’t have to be boring. True, slanted words aren’t good to use. Neither are ones that show opinion or too much emotion. But that doesn’t mean sticking with “is, are, was, were” and other dull words. This lesson encourages students to choose active, …

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Editing cutlines and captions

Description Students will learn to edit and revise cutlines, also called captions, for style, length and accuracy.   Objectives Students will ensure cutlines are accurate. Students will edit cutlines to include all necessary parts. Students will consider the importance of word choice and style.   Common …

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Fact checking 1

Description Editing is more than putting commas in the right places and following AP style. An important editing job is fact checking. In today’s media-rich world, sometimes sources get things wrong, and it’s important for all media to maintain its credibility. These tips will help students …

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