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Creative Essay Writing Versus Journalistic News Writing

This essay compares creative writing such as essays and reviews to a journalistic style that appeals more to news.

The emphasis on creativity and not following a rigorous path in essays is what makes me more interested in the style than a news article, for example.   There are significant differences in the types of writing that would lead one to favour more than the other and I will attempt to outline them.

A journalistic news article follows a very formal structure.  One must state the facts in a report of what actually happened during an event.  The inclusion of elements like interviews or photography can be used to liven up a news article.  This is why the style does not interest me as it is too rigidly structured and doesn’t allow for enough inventiveness.  Certainly, there are people that appreciate this style of writing the most, but I’m not one of them.

Writing an essay or even a similar article such as a review allows for a lot more freedom in the composition.  One can include opinion in certain pieces of this sort, but also delve into more open-ended examples as well.  Essays appeal to me because they expand on a main point, while a review is interesting because it qualifies an artistic element.  The amount of freedom in this type of writing is why I prefer it and perhaps the reason I chose to take English in school instead of Journalism.

Different styles of writing appeal to different kinds of people.  I enjoy the amount of creativity that can be found in the written word and this is why I took English in University rather than Journalism.  However, a formal and factual based writer might prefer the more rigid approach of a journalistic news article more.

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4 Responses to “Creative Essay Writing Versus Journalistic News Writing”
  • Ian Thorpe
    August 21st, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    I think the opinion and comment style of journalism is a good mix of the two; it requires a backdrop of factual material but gives the creative freedom to play with ideas and take a particular point of view without the rigourous duty to be objective that the academoc essay demands.

    One thing that irritates me about witing for the web is the number of people who try to pretend they are academics or lecturers. “Citation needed” they demand when a wrter’s own opinion or conclusion is expressed. “You must declare your source,” they say when a conclusion drawn from wide reading, tv viewing or personal experience is offered.

    This offends me as what such people are really saying to us is that we are not allowed to think for ourselves or have our own ideas. Writing on the web is not academic work, it is for recreational reading, as such it may be factual or whimsical, factual and informative or controversial and provocative. But if we want to be read it must be interesting.

    Keep writing your own style, our commenary and opinion are the spices that give flavour to the bland facts of news a way that the dry, stale bread of academic writing cannot.

  • AdamMcAuley
    August 21st, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    Thanks for your detailed opinion on a way to bridge the gap between the writing styles I’ve given.

  • Virginia Rose Jansen
    August 21st, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    I agree with Ian and you are right. I took analytic, comparative and creative writing in college and there is a time and place for each. I am like you, Sometimes you have to state the facts and nothing but the facts. plain and simple. It is a lot like the charting I had to do as a nurse.You know the usual Who, When, Where and Why… I have a warped sense of humor and it gets in the way when a patient tried to answer his hair brush because he thought it was his phone. I was told my charting was very colorful. I figured if I have to go to court a year or more later I want to be able to “see” what happened.

    I prefer creative writing with a small dash of facts.

  • Socorro Lawas
    August 27th, 2011 at 4:44 am

    The difference is a hairbreadth.

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