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Appropriate for media writing courses as either a primary or supplemental text, Media Writer's Handbookis a primer for anyone who really wants to understand the grammatical and stylistic elements of good writing. Useful as a teaching tool in the classroom, this book also becomes a trusted reference resource for students and professionals. The sixth edition continues to identify and offer simple solutions for the most common language errors committed every day by mass media writers and broadcasters.
Table of Contents
Part 1. IMPROVING IMMEDIATELY
Chapter 1. 25 Ways to Improve Writing Immediately
Chapter 2. Are These Distinctions Worth Making?
Chapter 3. Language Lapses
Chapter 4. It's Nobody's Guess
Chapter 5. The Trouble with "Only"
Chapter 6. One Potato, Two Potatoes
Chapter 7. Excising the Excessive
Chapter 8. "I Don't Sound like a Vice President"
Part 2. BUILDING SENTENCES
Chapter 9. Nouns
Chapter 10. Pronouns
Chapter 11. Noun-Pronoun Agreement
Chapter 12. Verbs and Verbals
Chapter 13. Subject-Verb Agreement
Chapter 14. Adjectives
Chapter 15. Adverbs
Chapter 16. Comparison of Adjectives and Adverbs
Chapter 17. Prepositions
Chapter 18. Conjunctions
Chapter 19. Interjections
Chapter 20. Sentences and Syntax
Part 3. PUNCTUATING
Chapter 21. Periods
Chapter 22. Question Marks
Chapter 23. Exclamation Marks
Chapter 24. Commas
Chapter 25. Semicolons
Chapter 26. Colons and Dashes
Chapter 27. Parentheses and Brackets
Chapter 28. Slashes and Hyphens
Chapter 29. Apostrophes
Chapter 30. Quotation Marks
Chapter 31. Sensitivity In Language
Part 4. QUICK REFERENCE
Reference 1. Words Frequently Confused
Reference 2. Words Frequently Misspelled
Reference 3. Irregular Verbs
Reference 4. Wordiness and Trite Expressions
Reference 5. When to Use a Hyphen, One Word, or Two Words