chapter  12
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News Writing—Grammar

ByBarbara Alysen, Mandy Oakham, Roger Patching, Gail Sedorkin

The number of would-be recruits who indicate that they are interested in journalism because they like to write must be one of the greatest frustrations of any news training manager's life. Of course, being able to write is one of the skills a reporter needs, though good contacts and an ability to find stories are often valued more highly. But news writing is not creative writing. It can require creativity but it also requires discipline, and this is where grammar comes in.