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Basic News Writing and Media Management Course

By: Norfaezah Khomsan, Nazibah Kamaruddin and Azizah Zainal Abidin

Serdang, 4 August - The delivery of accurate information through effective writing has prompted Perpustakaan Sultan Abdul Samad (PSAS) to organize a Basic News Writing Course for the library officers. The course is held online through the Zoom application.

Tuan Haji Shaifol Yazam Mat, PSAS Senior Deputy Chief Librarian (Planning and Development) in his welcome speech stated that library services can be widely promoted through effective writing and the use of a variety of online platforms.

According to guest speaker Puan Nur-ul Afida Kamaludin, Head of Strategic Planning, Editorial Department, BERNAMA, writing the headline and three main paragraphs in the news body will determine the reader's interest to continue reading and get the facts to be conveyed. Appropriate title setting and content arrangement using 5W 1H elements are among the things to pay attention to. She also stressed the importance of identifying the source of the news reported so that readers can refer if there is a need. Among the writing methods that have been shared are Inverted Pyramid, Square Format and Hourglass.

A total of 50 participants consisting of PSAS staff as well as the Publications Committee, Social Media Committee and Website Committee were also involved in doing the assigned tasks. This 4 hour course also educates participants to always ensure that the presentation of information is accurate and not misleading.

Introductory sharing and media management by the guest speaker     Guidance from guest speaker on the fundamentals of news writing techniques.
Techniques for writing media releases/ statements     Group presentation of the assigned tasks


Date of Input: 12/08/2021 | Updated: 12/08/2021 | khairul_zul


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