Students should be able to:
- Understand the features and functions of personal columns within the journalistic context.
- Understand the difference between a column and other journalistic forms, in communicative purpose, structure, form and language.
- Accomplish a well-thought and well-written personal column.
Course Content (Syllabus)
Personal columns are an integral part of opinion writing in newspapers, magazines and on the blogosphere. They are also one of the most appealing features to write and one of the most alluring pieces to read. The course examines: the presence and the importance of personal columns in modern age, the profile of a columnist, the different types of columns, the utility and the objectives of a column, the task of selecting a topic and sources of material, the structure, the style, the process of writing different types of columns, the importance of language and how to use narrative qualities and techniques that can be derived from literary style of writing. The purpose of this course is to help participants strengthen their ability of personal writing, both for the press and on blogs.
Additional bibliography for study
Hennessy, B. (1997). Writing feature articles: A practical guide to methods and markets. Oxford [England]: Focal Press.
Holmes, Tim (2005) “Getting personal. How to write comment”. In R. Keeble (ed.), Print Journalism. A Critical Introduction, 170-8. London & New York: Routledge.
Pape Susan & Featherstone Sue (2006) Feature writing: A practical introduction, London: Sage.
Phillips, Angela (2007) Good Writing for Journalists. London: Sage.
Shrimsley, Bernard: «Columns! The Good, the Bad, the Best», British Journalism
Review 14.3 (2003), 23-30.
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