Meagan Dillard, member of the EMU PRSSA board, blogs about her upcoming Journalism Class – News Writing and Reporting with Eastern Michigan’s very own Dr. James Pinson.

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This summer semester I am taking my first journalism course,  JRNL 215: News Writing and Reporting.

I am finding the course to be very interesting and I am learning about the different types of writing that are required in journalism.

The first item I’ve learned is writing a calendar item for a press release. Dr. James Pinson gave us all the information we needed to re-write the press release into a sound journalistic article.

As the class continues, we will be writing obituaries, accident stories, crime stories, follow-ups and other types of stories. We also discussed the difference between writing for print and writing for broadcast news, the difference between public relations and news, and hard news versus soft news.

Another very important area of journalism we are learning about is copy-editing and AP Style, also known as Associated Press. We also discussed the purpose of news, which is to…

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