- An audience-centric approach encourages students to reflect on why and how news is relevant to the lives of their readers before they even start digging into their stories.
- “Write Now! Exercises” provide students with an opportunity to immediately practice the writing skills required in today’s newsroom.
- “Consider This” debates spark classroom discussions by asking students to take a closer look at a current issue or ideological dilemma and make a valid case for their position.
- “Thoughts from a Pro” offer students an up-close look at a specific aspect of reporting and writing from a professional who is plying their trade each day.
- “Helpful Hints” give students ways to provide vocabulary lists, short-cut options, and other tips to immediately improve a piece of copy.
- "Best of the Blog" feature in every chapter showcases posts from the author’s blog at www.DynamicsofWriting.com, with tips for teaching the course, discussion of current events, industry related news, sample exercises & assignments, & more!
- “Think Ahead” discussions at the beginning of each chapter act as a roadmap to help students work through the chapter content.
- “The Big Three” summaries ensure students take three crucial ideas with them as they move on to the next chapter.
- “Discussion Questions” at the end of each chapter promote a broader understanding of the content based on varied interpretations of the students.