In the NewsU Course Writing for the Ear I learned that for broadcasting mastering this skill is extremely important. “Writing for the ear” means to write in the way that a person would speak. For example, make your writing more like a conversation and less like a research paper or English assignment. Learning how to write for the ear will help you become a more efficient and more powerful “teller of true tales”. In the course I also learn that a good audio story is in many ways just like a well-written print story. The both use vivid details, engage the reader, and have a beginning, middle and end. Although they are similar, there some very important differences between the two styles of writing. When writing for the ear the writer would use fewer words than in a printed piece. This therefore makes audio stories narrower in focus than printed stories. Audio stories tend to drill down on a particular character, a specific angle or limited theme. Taking this course made me aware of what writing in this field looks like, but most importantly what it sounds like. I really thought that this online course had a lot of valuable information that will help me in my future career as a PR practitioner.
Writing for the “EAR”! April 7, 2010