Public Relations Writing

University of Newcastle

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Public Relations Writing

  • Host University

    University of Newcastle

  • Location

    Newcastle, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Journalism, Public Relations

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Completion of all 1000-level courses within the Public Relations Major.

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    This course covers major writing genres associated with public relations including media releases, newsletter articles, brochures, speeches and copy for electronic and online media. The course is based on developing understanding of the principles and skills applicable to good professional writing in public relations practice through an emphasis on the application of those skills to practical writing exercises.
    1. Understand and carry out research, plan and write media releases, backgrounders, fact sheets, biographies, feature articles, position papers, reports and speeches;
    2. Identify and use appropriate styles for public relations writing;
    3. Adopt efficient formats for effective presentation;
    4. Analyse examples of public relations writing and draw conclusions on their effectiveness.
    5. Write competently in media style, paying attention to grammar, spelling, punctuation and syntax.
    Topics will include:
    The role and responsibilities of the public relations writer;
    Writing to persuade and the ethics of persuasion;
    Grammar and style;
    The purpose of media releases and writing media releases; brochures, flyers and posters;
    Newsletters: applying writing techniques, feedback and evaluation, and the print process;
    Long form and feature writing: types, aims, messages; speechwriting: introduction, planning, writing and delivery;
    Business writing formats: applying good writing rules to fact sheets, backgrounders, pitch letters, position papers, reports, and biographies;
    Writing for broadcast media: required styles and formats.
    Written Assignment: Media Release and Editing
    Presentation: Persuasive Speech
    Report: Website Analysis Report
    Portfolio: Writing Portfolio

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.