MCom 100w

Writing Workshop


Required Textbooks:

A.P. Style Book by the Associated Press (also see online AP style resources listed below)
When Words Collide: A Media Writer’s Guide to Grammar and Style or a similar grammar/style text (a used or borrowed book is fine).
Drinking Coffee Elsewhere by ZZ Packer (available on reserve at the MLK Library — you’ll just need to read one chapter for one assignment).

Note: If you have little or no news writing experience (i.e., you did not take Journalism 61 or an equivalent class), you may want to review the links to basic news writing resources and news writing texts available online on the Resources page of Cynthia’s Journalism 61 blog.

Toward the end of the semester, I will provide a word count spreadsheet (an MS Excel document) for students in this class. You must submit a completed spreadsheet on the last day of class to demonstrate that you’ve fulfilled the 8,000-word GE requirement for this class.

AP Style and Grammar Resources:

Lecture Notes in PDF Format for Download

News Writing Resources

Samples & Examples

Conducting Research

Other Resources

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