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Welcome to Writing Commons, the open-education home for writers. Writing Commons helps students improve their writing, critical thinking, and information literacy. Founded in 2008 by Joseph M. Moxley, Writing Commons is a viable alternative to expensive writing textbooks. Faculty may assign Writing Commons for their compositionbusiness, STEM/Technical Writing, and creative writing courses. 

Writing Commons houses seven main sections: Information Literacy | Research Methods & Methodologies | Writing Processes | Collaboration | Genres | New Media | Style 

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Emma Sills

Emma Sills

Emma Sills is a junior at the University of Delaware. She is currently studying to get her bachelor’s degree in English with a concentration in professional writing and a minor in journalism. Emma is also a 3 -year varsity athlete on the Women’s Golf Team at Delaware. After college, she hopes to pursue a career as a sports journalist/reporter.

Shannon Hawley

Shannon Hawley

Shannon Hawley is a student-athlete at the University of Delaware. She’s been on the Women’s Lacrosse Team for three years now and is an English Professional Writing major with a minor in journalism. After college, her goal is to become a lifestyle entertainment journalist and work for a magazine.

Kyle Olmstead

Kyle Olmstead

Kyle Olmstead is an English Professional Writing major at the University of Delaware. His future career goal is to work as a writer in the video game industry or in some form of law.

Journalism: Gathering Information and Writing Your Story

JOURNALISM: Gathering Information and Writing Your Story

“Journalism: Gathering Information and Writing Your Story” by Emma Sills, Kyle Olmstead and Shannon Hawley, The University of Delaware

University of Delaware Professor Ben Yagoda defines journalism as, “uncovering timely and previously not well-known information that, according to agreed-upon standards, is important; and conveying it to the public clearly, accurately, concisely, disinterestedly, and independently.” As a journalist, the stories you write are meant to provide true facts to readers about issues or news going on in the world today. They are meant to be truthful, unbiased, and informative. According to Peter Cole, writer for The Guardian http://www.theguardian.com/books/2008/sep/25/writing.journalism “journalists write stories for their readers to tell them what is going on, to inform them, engage them, entertain them, shock them, amuse them, disturb them, and uplift them.”

This webtext is an overview of the necessary skill sets to be successful in journalism, specifically, gathering information through interviews and asking the right questions. Readers will also learn how to organize that information and turn it into written work that includes unbiased writing, credible sources, and proper structure.

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The Aaron Swartz Best Webtext Award 2014

The Aaron Swartz Best Webtext Award 2014

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Kyle Stedman is assistant professor of English at Rockford University, where he teaches first-year composition, digital rhetoric, and creative writing. He studies rhetorics of sound, intellectual property, and fan studies. On QuizUp, his highest scores are in Lost (the TV show)..."

Teaching with the Digital Archive of Literacy Narratives
Plugs, Play, Pedagogy Podcast
Listen to the episode of Plugs, Play, Pedagogy! As always, you can stream it from this site, download the mp3, or subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, or Podigee. Introduction This episode is produced in cooperation with the Digital Archive of Literacy Narratives, "a publicly available archive of personal literacy narratives in a variety of formats (text, video, audio) that together provide a historical record of the literacy practices and values of contributors, as those practices and values change." Learn more abo...
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