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Writing Opinion for Impact, 2nd Edition

ISBN: 978-0-8138-0751-5
356 pages
November 2004, Wiley-Blackwell
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Good editorial writing has the potential to start a war – or avoid one. Is it any wonder event the most experienced journalists find opinion writing important and fascinating? In this fully updated and revised second edition of Writing Opinion for Impact, author Conrad Fink provides the guidance for translating the basics into opinion writing that is reasoned, forceful, responsible, engaging and readable. New to this edition is a stand-alone chapter on Commentary for Cyberspace and Broadcast, with an expanded discussion of writing for online publications, including a discussion of Slate, other Internet services, and blogs. Also new to this edition is the inclusion of full-length editorials complete with the author’s commentaries that elaborate on teaching points from the chapters. These editorial reprints and author commentaries include: editorials from leading newspaper and magazine publications; a political commentary column; a humor column; a sports column; a film review; and columns on business and lifestyle. New or expanded coverage also includes: discussion of plagiarism and outright lying that struck column-writing in recent years; staying fair and balanced in reporting; computer assisted reporting, including Web sites; career progression for columnists; the trend toward campus newspaper columns containing frank sex advice. Aspiring editorial writers and columnists – whether students or journalists in transition – will find the second edition of Writing Opinion for Impact an invaluable guide to the responsibilities, techniques, and art of opinion writing.
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Part One: Setting the Scene.

1. The Responsibilities of Opinion Writers.

2. Identifying Issues for Comment.

3. Reporting and Researching Your Opinions.

Part Two: Writing to Win Readers.

4. Writing Newspaper Editorials.

5. Writing Magazine Editorials.

Part Three: Writing Personal Columns.

6. Commentary That Hits Hard.

7. Amusing, Entertaining or Making 'em Cry.

8. The Fun and Business of Sports.

Part Four: Arts Reviews and Criticism.

9. You and Arts Commentary.

Part Five: Extra Dimensions in Commentary and Opinion.

10. Specialty Columns and Comment.

11. Commentary for Cyberspace and Broadcast.

12. On Campus Today: How It's Done.

Part Six: You and the Law: Write Defensively!.

13. Avoiding Legal Traps for Opinion Writers.

Name Index.

Subject Index
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Conrad C. Fink, is Professor, William S. Morris Chair of Newspaper Strategy and Management at the University of Georgia Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication., and director of the James M. Cox Jr. Institute for Newspaper Management Studies. Widely experienced in both the newspaper industry and academe, Professor Fink is the author of eight journalism textbooks.
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  • Abundant examples from the work of acclaimed writers

  • Quoted advice or observations from noted professionals as well as policy statements and codes of prominent organisations in academia and in the print media

  • Case studies, summaries, exercises and recommended reading in each chapter.
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