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Writing in Communication

By Dr. John Slater

  • Writing is a central part of communication, so it is a vital part of the field. Without writing, communication would be impossible. In my classes, I stress style, grammar, and attending to the needs of the reader. Making writing useful and easy to understand is crucial.

  • Students who make As in writing for Communication create paragraphs that make me want to read the next one. This sense of flow and interest results in a high grade.

  • Students who take the time to edit and rewrite their papers receive higher grades. The grades of Bs, Cs, and Ds directly correlate to the amount of time I suspect they have spent working on their papers.

  • My course meets in an electronic classroom, and we often make use of this technology to write in class. The use of computers enables students to write and revise easily and efficiently.

  • Writers for newspapers and magazines need to know about journalistic writing to succeed in their fields. I aim to teach my students as many techniques in these areas as possible.

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