Columnists research and write opinion pieces about news events for newspapers, journals, magazines and other media. They have an area of interest and can be recognised by their writing style.
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- Artistic / Enterprising
- Writing techniques
The different techniques to write a story such as the descriptive, persuasive, first person and other techniques.
The art of discourse that aims at improving the ability of writers and speakers to inform, persuade or motivate their audience.
- Copyright legislation
Legislation describing the protection of the rights of original authors over their work, and how others can use it.
The rules concerning the way words are spelled.
The set of structural rules governing the composition of clauses, phrases, and words in any given natural language.
- Editorial standards
The guidelines on how to deal with and report on privacy, children, and death according to impartiality, and other standards.
- Write to a deadline
Schedule and respect tight deadlines, especially for theatre, screen and radio projects.
- Use specific writing techniques
Use writing techniques depending on the type of media, the genre, and the story.
- Consult information sources
Consult relevant information sources to find inspiration, to educate yourself on certain topics and to acquire background information.
- Follow ethical code of conduct of journalists
Follow the ethical code of conduct of journalists, such as freedom of speech, right of reply, being objective, and other rules.
- Participate in editorial meetings
Participate in meetings with fellow editors and journalists to discuss possible topics and to divide the tasks and workload.
- Study topics
Carry out effective research on relevant topics to be able to produce summary information appropriate to different audiences. The research may involve looking at books, journals, the internet, and/or verbal discussions with knowledgeable persons.
- Follow the news
Follow current events in politics, economics, social communities, cultural sectors, internationally, and in sports.
- Build contacts to maintain news flow
Build contacts to maintain a flow of news, for example, police and emergency services, local council, community groups, health trusts, press officers from a variety of organisations, the general public, etc.
- Develop professional network
Reach out to and meet up with people in a professional context. Find common ground and use your contacts for mutual benefit. Keep track of the people in your personal professional network and stay up to date on their activities.
- Apply grammar and spelling rules
Apply the rules of spelling and grammar and ensure consistency throughout texts.
- Present arguments persuasively
Present arguments during a negotiation or debate, or in written form, in a persuasive manner in order to obtain the most support for the case the speaker or writer represents.
- Evaluate writings in response to feedback
Edit and adapt work in response to comments from peers and publishers.
- Stay up to date with social media
Keep up with the trends and people on social media such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.