What it means for you
Work to tight deadlines
Respond as quickly as possible to communication
Have very strict word limits
Usually write for non-specialists
Don’t assume they know what you are talking about (but don’t patronise)
Are often non-specialists too
Predict misunderstandings that might arise and use simple language
Adapt their writing based on the media outlet they work for
Pick out the areas of your research that are of greatest interest to their outlet
Usually - especially in news writing - write about very specific things
Know the Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How of your work. You will look at this more closely later on in the course.
Write about the ‘newsworthy’
Think like a journalist when talking to one. You’ll get a chance to practise this later on in the course.
Often interview sources, but not always
Practise being interviewed.