Telecommunications | Writing for Electronic Media
T211 | 14270 | Haywood-Smith, L.

Spring 2007
Subject:   TEL-T 211
Class number:   14270
Course:  Writing for the Electronic Media

Instructor:  Lynda Haywood-Smith

Class meets: Tuesday and Thursday, 2:30 – 3:45 p.m. in R-TV 226.

Prerequisites:  None

Course Description as stated in the COAS Bulletin): “Style, form,
and preparation of written materials for electronic media.”

Course Objectives/Goals: Writing for the Electronic Media provides
an introduction to basic media writing principles. Students will
learn to sharpen their grammar and composition skills, and discuss
selection and treatment of content for the media. The class will
discuss and practice formats used for news, sports broadcasts and
other forms of media writing, such as copywriting for the
advertising industry and public relations writing.  By the end of
the semester, you should be able to create professional copy in the
proper media format. Daily preparation and class participation are

Course Format:  Lecture and discussion

Grading Procedure: There will be several types of assignments
ranging from creative writing assignments to evaluating media
writing that you see on a daily basis.

Required Texts:

Meeske, Milan D., Copywriting for the Electronic Media: A Practical
Guide, 5th ed. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Publishing.

Arnold, George T., Media Writer’s Handbook: A Guide To Common
writing & Editing Problems, 4th ed. McGraw-Hill Higher Education.

Requirements fulfilled by this course:  TEL-T 211 may fulfill a
course requirement in the TEL Design and Production emphasis. This
course is a requirement in the HPER Sports Communication major. For
more information about which requirements this course could fulfill
see the College of Arts and Sciences Bulletin at If you have
questions, or need additional help, see your academic advisor.