Writing Political Review: Professional Tips

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Political reviews are one of the most exciting journalism genres. Independently of our will, politics affects everyone’s lives. A good writer who knows how to present complex ideas in a simple way can not go unnoticed by the readers.

But, how to write your very first political review? As a former journalist, I’d like to give you some useful tips:

  1. Define your topic and look for more information about it. Even if you consider you understand the ins and outs of the issue, there are a lot of unknown details. Try to choose high quality sources. Read as much as you can, write down the most important points and take your time to think it over.
 
2. Make a plan. As for me, the simplest solution often is the best. Your plan may look like this:


a) Two lines to catch the attention of potential readers (it’s easier to write them after all the review is done).

b) A brief explanation of the issue. Be as clear as possible.. Not all your readers are familiar with the facts you know, but it’s very probable that the situation you’re analyzing is important for them too. Show them, what happens and why they do have to dedicate their time to reading your thoughts.

c) Presentation of different points of view about the issue. Here you will use your notes made at the investigation stage. Also, try to get an official statement. If you write about the annual budget, check the Minstry of Economy webpage. If your issue has to do with the local Citizen Committee, look out its Facebook page. It will lend credibility to your text.

d) Comparison of the points of view. Here you can choose to try to be impartial or to loose your passion for some ideas. Don’t fight straw men. Respect real arguments of your opponents. Remember, even a broken clock is right twice a day. It’s better to have the decency to admit if your opponent is right.

e) Conclusions. Sometimes you can draw definite ones, and other times the only possible ending of the text will look as a rhetorical question. It depends. It’s OK. Don’t worry.

f) Look for a photo. The best way to get a good picture for your political review is to download it from the same website from where you have copied your official statement. Finally, the photographer is payed with your taxes.

3.Be yourself, don’t copy the style of other journalists. They are good because of keeping their own voices.

4. Avoid sentence sprawl. If you see a long sentence, divide it. Delete the majority of adjectives, you don’t need them.

5. Read out loud your review. This way you will be able to correct the stylistic mistakes.

That’s all. Your political review is ready to provoke some fights in comments section. Enjoy it and start writing the next article. I haven’t warned you, but political analytics may cause addiction.

Questionnaire:


  1. What can you do if you figure out that your opponent is right and you’re totally wrong?
  2. What lends credibility to your text?
  3. How are you going to catch the attention of the readers?

Learning tips:


How to use «other» and «another»
  • The words OTHER and ANOTHER are very useful to compare different points of view.
  • Another equals AN + OTHER, and we use it with a coutable object, with which we can use the A or AN: This apple is too sour. Give me ANOTHER (an+other) apple.
  • If we can’t use A or AN with the object (for example, it’s uncountable, like «wine» or «advice» or «cheese» or it’s in plural), we say OTHER: This wine is too sour. I want to try other wine. These three apples are too sour. I want other apples.

Argumentation:


  1. Is it possible to be totally impartial at the moment of writing about a problem of great social importance? What do you think about it?
  2. Does society need discussions and pluralism? Maybe, it would be better to live in a place where all the people’s point of view is similar to yours? Or, maybe, not? Why?
  3. How are you going to catch the attention of the readers?
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