Selected sites for Journalism &
Media Studies classes
from Dr. Bob Stepno, Radford University
This vintage 2007 page of 50 or so links covers these topics:
Grammar & Style,
News Searching, Research & Backgrounding, Government, Public Relations
& Press Releases, Broadcast News and New Media.
Some of these links may be out of date. Let me know if they are. For many more, see my bookmarks at Delicious.com/bstepno, which are sorted by dozens of keywords and course numbers. Just add a term to that address, like this: Delicious.com/bstepno/grammar or Delicious.com/bstepno/reporting or Delicious.com/bstepno/326.
Grammar & Style
- Do not trust your computer's spelling checker. You could be a "Candidate for a Pullet
Surprise." (Official PDF copy)
- Grammmar Girl's books, podcast and online columns.
- Daily Writing Tips e-mail and Web columns (and free grammar text)
- Words on Words, from
ACES, the American Copy Editors Society.
- Newsroom 101 by Gerald Grow and
- The Elements of Style,
the original 1918 version by William Strunk. Good news writing follows
most of Strunk's original 18 "elements." The updated "Strunk
& White," revised by E.B. White with more modern examples,
is available at most bookstores (new or used).
- Charles Darling's
Grammar & Writing Guide
- The Tongue Untied,
the U of Oregon School of Journalism & Communication grammar guide,
with quizzes and answers.
- Shocking! Tragic! Unbelievable! Overcoming Adjective Addiction
and I'd Like to
Buy a Verb, both by Deborah Potter at NewsLab.org.
- Five steps
to better writing (not just for TV news), also from Deborah Potter.
- Being careful about Commonly
mispronounced words can help your spelling, too.
Research & Backgrounding
Government, Public Relations & Press Releases
Broadcast News Topics
News Media, New Media & the Future of Journalism