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Writing Skills Workshop for UTP Student Clubs

(11 August 2012)


Counseling and Students Development Unit (CSDU) and Editorial Services Unit of Corporate Relations and Public Affairs Department (CRPA) organised a Writing Skills Workshop for UTP Student Clubs at Seminar Room 5, Undercroft on 11 August 2012.

25 students from the HOT & Inspirer Newsletter teams, Students Representatives Club (SRCUTP), Residential College Support Unit (RCSU), International Students Club (ISC), Rakan Masjid, Medtech and Peer Helpers Club participated in the 1-day workshop held during the month of Ramadan.



The workshop was conducted by Mr Kee Thuan Chye, a journalist with more than 30 years of industry experience. He has worked for newspapers like The National Echo, New Straits Times and The Star in various editorial capacities. He is also an author and actor of stage and screen in Malaysian, Singaporean and international productions.

During the workshop, students got a chance to gain an understanding of :

* What news is about
* How news items should be played up in a newsletter
* Why a news item is more important than another
* The basics of writing news
* The use of pictures, graphics in a newsletter
* The role of layout for newsletters
* How to conduct interviews with newsmakers
* What good writing is about – choosing the right word, writing effective sentences, making the whole article flow
* The writing concepts of clarity, concision, cohesiveness, coherence
* Basic good grammar
* How to give striking headlines for a newsletter

Besides slides presentations, students were also required to break up into teams to write press releases and interesting news articles. It was a fun way to gather knowledge and practice their writing skills.