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PR Resource Links - PR Writing Resources
The symbols next to some links [A, Q, I, or C] designate whether the item is primarily an academic, quasi-academic, industry-based, or commercial resource.
The American Institute of Graphic Arts
The American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) offers info on issues affecting business and design. Their goal is to help define the design discipline, and its importance as a strategic tool for business and cultural change. Online newsletter Gain has articles on topics such as branding and business ethics and includes a regular column on intellectual property.
Feature Photo Service
Feature Photo Service; free photos for use by media
Freelance writer Kelle Campbell’s free email newsletter The Public Relations Writer “provides quick tips on writing techniques for communications professionals”. Site allows you to read past issues to see if you'd like to subscribe. Each issue also contains resource links to public relations, marketing and writing web sites.
Over 600 pages of articles on all aspects of writing, plus a free online writing course. Created by Australian writer Jennifer Stewart, offers writing tutoring for sale but also many free resources.
Interactive exercises covering parentheticals, that/which, who/whom, compound modifiers, it's/its, placement, series, conjunctions, colons, agreement.
Free newsletter by Ann Wylie, Revving Up Readership “is packed with ideas for improving your writing and publications”.
Purdue University Online Writing Laboratory
Purdue University Online Writing Laboratory. Large collection of free reference materials and exercises on clear writing, grammar, etc.
The Plain English Campaign
The Plain English Campaign has easy-to-follow, free how-to guides for clear written communication in business reports, CVs, and websites.
Judy Vorfeld's site provides help with spelling, grammar, homonyms, punctuation, capitalization, and style. Also information on the areas of writing, education, typography, academic research, and Web development.
Information on publishing, copyrights, freelance advice, grammar tips, 250+ articles, 500+ links, and nearly 400 pages of information.
A service for journalists, designed to provide a one-stop-shop for online news, but also invaluable for PR writers who strive for accuracy. Has links to news wires, broadcast, newspapers, headlines, news archives, directories, market information, cartoons. Also links to research material such as databases, reference tools and statistics.
World's first superstore of ready-to-use, professionally-written electronically available articles. Topics include health, money management, motivation, productivity and performance. Can be downloaded direct to your computer. Most prices less than $100AU, depending on exchange rates at the time. Could be useful in an emergency, to fill space in a staff newsletter, for example.
Enter a word and the online thesaurus will return a selection of synonyms. Make your writing more interesting by avoiding repetition, using musical language that appeals to the ear, or using less common words to make strong visual images (remember not to cloud meaning or write over the head of your target reader, though).
Editorial Eye newsletter
Sampler of articles originally printed in The Editorial Eye, a 12-page monthly newsletter published in Alexandria, Virginia. The Eye is a resource for writers, editors, designers, project managers, communications specialists, and everyone else who cares about contemporary publishing practices.
Grammar & Style Notes
A "miscellany of grammatical rules and explanations, comments on style, and suggestions on usage" collected by Jack Lynch for his students at Rutgers.
THE KING'S ENGLISH by H. W. FOWLER
Vocabulary, syntax, airs and graces, punctuation, etc. Also common misquotations, grammar, euphony (pleasant or melodic sounding writing), meanings, ambiguity, style. A great list of overused cliches and recommended plain English replacements.
Communication Case Studies
Niva.com communication case studies
Bartlett's Favorite Quotations
A collection of passages, phrases, and proverbs traced to their sources in ancient and modern literature. By John Bartlett.
Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable
A much wider selection of phrases and fables, with arcane but interesting information about their origins. If you’re going to use a “gnomic utterance” to spice up a feature piece, you can at least know where it comes from!
The Slot: A Spot for Copy Editors
Bill Walsh, copy desk chief for the Washington Times, has put together a humorous and helpful site. Contains the complete text of the Curmudgeon’s Stylebook. Some pages slow to download due to graphics and sound file overload.
Communication Arts claims to be the world's largest magazine on creativity for graphic designers, art directors, copywriters, photographers, illustrators, and multimedia designers. The website is surprisingly poorly designed but if you look hard enough amongst the clutter you'll find interesting articles, especially the 'Great Ideas on Limited Budgets' series.
Puns for Groan People
Heaps of silly word plays to brighten up the dull spots in your newsletters, feature story leads, speeches, etc
Bartleby.com's free great books on line site is a must-bookmark site for every writer. Reference titles freely available include: Columbia Encyclopedia, History Encyclopedia, Cultural Literacy, World Factbook, American Heritage Dictionary, Roget's Thesauri, Bartlett's Quotations, Columbia Quotations, Simpson's Quotations, The King James Bible, Oxford Shakespeare, Gray's Anatomy, English Usage, American English, Modern Usage, Fowler's King's English, Strunk's Elements of Style, Mencken's Language, Sapir's Language, Art of Reading, Art of Writing, Brewer's Phrase & Fable, Bulfinch's Mythology, Frazer's Golden Bough, World's Orations, and more. Strunk in particular has invaluable, step-by-step guidelines for clear, precise writing.
GRAMMAR RESOURCES ON THE WEB
University of Chicago Writing Program's useful guide to online grammar resources.