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Journalistic Writer: An Effective Collection of Information

Collection:

  1. Internal source of information:
  • You yourself
    1. free writing, brain storming, probing yourself

Strategic Questions to collect information to write:

 

Definition

What does [Your topic] mean?

Description

What are the various features of [Your topic]?

Simple Analysis

What are the component parts of [Your topic]?

 

Process Analysis

How is [Your topic] made or done?

Directional Analysis

How should [Your topic] be made or done?

Functional Analysis

What is the essential function of [Your topic]?

Causal Analysis

What are the causes of [Your topic]?

What are the consequences of [Your topic]?

Classification

What are the types of [Your topic]?

Comparison

How is [Your topic] like or unlike [Your topic]?

What is the present status of [Your topic]?

Interpretation

What is the significance of [Your topic]?

Reportage

What are the facts about [Your topic]?

Narration

How did [Your topic] happen?

Characterization/Profile

What kind of person is [Your topic]?

Reflection

What is my personal response to [Your topic]?

Reminiscence

What is my memory of [Your topic]?

Evaluation

What is the value of [Your topic]?

Summary

What are the essential major points or features of [Your topic]?

Persuasion

What case can be made for or against [Your topic]?

(Adapted from Jacqueline Berke’s Twenty Questions for the Writer )

 

2- LISTING:

For example:   INTERNET is your topic and you list out the points to consider.

 

  1. Marits of internet
  2. Demarits of internet
  3. Internet and society
  4. Internet and communication
  5. Earning on internet
  6. Modernization with internet

 

CLUSTRING:

 

Source: Purdue University Sources.


 

LECTURE 7

 

THE PROCESS OF WRITING II

 

  1. External source of information:
  • Libraries
  • Internet
  • Resource persons

 

 

Top ten search engines:

  1. Google
  2. Alltheweb – Fast and clear.
  3. Yahoo – Directories and search engine
  4. Hotbot – Directories and search engine
  5. About – sites vetted by humans
  6. Excite – Directories and search engine
  7. iWon
  8. MSN
  9. Completeplanet – directs to various databases
  10. Altavista – Directories and search engine

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