I officially became a citizen journalist by being designated the Bronx County Political Buzz Examiner at Examiner.com. According to Jay Rosen, a press critic, a writer, and a professor of journalism at New York University, citizen journalists are “the people formerly known as the audience,” who “were on the receiving end of a media system that ran one way… The people formerly known as the audience are simply the public made realer, less fictional, more able, less predictable.” My first article as the Bronx County Political Buzz Examiner is about the Bronx Census and I look forward to writing more about the politics of the Bronx. So if you’re involved in Bronx politics or have any story ideas please feel free to contact me directly.
Writing well is important for the success of any business or organization. Business owners and their employees who can write clearly and concisely have a competitive edge over others who are still struggling to communicate. Having multiple sets of eyes on business documents can prevent poorly written material from reaching your target audience.
Fortunately, I believe the skill of writing is something that can improve over time. Practice and a good set of resources can go a long way. If you are starting a new business or just want to be a better writer, here are a few tips to sharpen your writing skills:
1. Practice – The more you write, the better you become.
2. Read – Read as much as possible. Knowing how words work together gives you more confidence in your own writing.
3. Be Clear – What do you really want to say? Clarity is paramount. Let someone else read your copy to ensure your message is coming across properly.
4. Be Brief – Get to the main point. Lots of words make minds wander.
5. Proofread – Re-read your copy for misspelled words and grammatical errors.
Good communication is essential for life in general but in business settings, it is critical. There are many resources online that can make anyone a better writer. For a list of some of my favorite check out a post on my personal blog.
If you would like to share a tip on good business writing feel free to leave a comment. Thanks for reading.
I’m jump-starting my job search for 2010. Through a friend I met a human resources consultant who helped revamp my cover letter and résumé. I’m very satisfied with the final product. I’ve also updated my LinkedIn profile and continue to make good contacts. Employment experts suggest job seekers should work their social networks for possible leads, so if I’m one of your LinkedIn connections a recommendation would be greatly appreciated. I also began using Talent Zoo, an online site for advertising and marketing jobs, and JournalismJobs.com. Writing/reporting and communication/public relations positions are of most interest, however I’m also considering customer service-related opportunities. If you come across a position that may be a good fit for me, thanks in advance for passing along the good word.