Telecommunications | Writing for Electronic Media
T211 | 10343 | Haywood Smith, L

Spring 2010
Subject:   TEL-T 211
Class number: 10343
Course:  Writing for the Electronic Media

Instructor:  Lynda Haywood-Smith

Class meets: Monday and Wednesday, 2:30 – 3:45 p.m. in R-TV 245.

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 required.

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 Textbook:

Hilliard, Robert L., Writing for Television, Radio, and New Media
(9th Edition). Boston, MA: Thomson Wadsworth.

Suggested Supplement(s):

Arnold, George T., Media Writer’s Handbook: A Guide To Common
writing & Editing Problems, 4th ed. McGraw-Hill Higher Education.
Hacker, Diana. Pocket Style Manual: A Pocket Style Manual. Boston:
Bedford/St. Martins.

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.