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what i am asking is i have a spark of potential in writing articles but how do i get better at it   someone told me all i need to do is just read read and read newspaper articles inorder to help me improve to write them at top standard and so my question to you is  will this help?  and second question is how long will it take how many months or years am i looking at until i get proffessional at it   val

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Greetings,

The best way to learn is to go to journalism school. Professional journalists generally receive the training they need to write for newspapers, as well as other media genres. This is the step that I would highly recommend, as it not only encompasses "writing" but an understanding of the discipline as a whole.

Writing, even for journalists, is a process. Over time you become seasoned the more you write, receive constructive criticism and learn from it. You have to give yourself time to find your own style. Even more so, every journalist has a genre or several genres they prefer -- sports, health, entertainment, deadline news, politics, etc. The writing styles and what's required can very significantly.

Again, the first step should probably be looking at journalism programs at your local university.

Theresa

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I can answer questions on the basics of news writing and magazine writing including varying differences between hard news, soft news and feature writing. In addition, I can assist with developing effective leads and answer questions relating to attribution.

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By profession, I have more than 18 years experience in writing and publishing. I have won writing awards from the Georgia Press Association, the Associated Press, the Georgia Association of Educators, and currently freelance. Some of my most recent writing experiences include Esdras' Scroll, Kingdom Vibes Magazine, Charisma Magazine, the former Rejoice Atlanta News, and The Christian Answer Newspaper. I have published six book - The Scribal Anointing, The Scribal Companion, Spiritually Critiquing, Scribal Purpose, and Thank God for Salvation. In addition, other books are in the works. In addition, I am the founder of Voices of Christ Literary Ministries International, and teach around the nation on this very subject. Our website is www.voicesofchrist.org. We have an online mentoring group that's really strong on Yahoo! Groups, and recently launched a new blogcast entitled, Writing As Ministry. It is currently in development, and has not officially launched. The website is www.writingasministry.com.

Organizations
Currently, I am a member of a two Christian writing groups.

Publications
The Scribal Anointing Online Esdras' Scroll: A Prophetic Poetry & Creative Writing Magazine The Christian Answer Newspaper Charisma Magazine Rejoice Atlanta News Faith Writers The Whistle The Dublin Courier Herald The Henry County Record The Ledger Newspaper (Multiple Other Publications)

Education/Credentials
I am a college graduate, and earned a BA in Communications with a focus on News Writing and Reporting. I am currently working on a Masters in Public Administration. I've worked as a Communications Director and writer for multiple religious, educational, and governmental organizations over the past 18 years. My experience is extensive.

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