Date: 2017-04-21 19:17
Last week, my sophomores put their European history books aside to study news writing. Most of them came away with a better understanding of how and why they should write more like Appelbaum -- more concisely and clearly.
MARGARET WARNER: So I take then, Professor Foner, that you don 8767 t think there should be a different standard for so-called popular history?
And you have something put permanently on your record that states that you did something dishonest when you were an undergraduate.
The best student history essays are concise and clear. Read any front-page New York Times article, and you'll notice concise, punchy prose that gets straight to the point. Take Wednesday's terrific business story by reporter Binyamin Appelbaum, " Citing Growth, Fed Again Cuts Monthly Bond Purchases.”
When I was a student, nothing helped me become more skilled at writing history than learning about journalism -- news reporting, in particular. I don't mean to undervalue my fabulous teachers in high school or college, many of whom spurred my intellectual growth and curiosity. Still, learning about reporting played a pivotal role in my success as a history major at one of America's most revered academic institutions, Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. Each year, then, I teach my high school history students some news-reporting basics. You might consider doing the same.
TIMOTHY NOAH: Everybody who is a freshman at Harvard University takes freshman composition course. It 8767 s required. Called Expos. There 8767 s a handbook that is given to all of these freshmen, and it says quite clearly if you borrow, it doesn 8767 t have to be an entire sentence.
DORIS KEARNS GOODWIN: I absolutely believe professional standards for historians need never be sacrificed in popular history. I love footnotes. I think they are actually a pointer to historians of the future, and it 8767 s critical to credit the people who have plowed the fields before.
Some stories involve both the announcement of facts (such as an increase in income tax) and comments on the facts themselves (from the Finance Minister, opposition leader and others). You must always give enough explanation of the facts first to put the comments in context, otherwise you will confuse your reader or listener:
I think that at least in the Ambrose case, it 8767 s writing too much too fast too sloppily, and it does go over into this realm of plagiarism, which is presenting someone else 8767 s writing as your own.
Writing a news article is different from writing other articles or informative pieces because news articles present information in a specific way. It's important to be able to convey all the relevant information in a limited word count and give the facts to your target audience concisely. Knowing how to write a news article can help a career in journalism, develop your writing skills and help you convey information clearly and concisely.