Writing and Media Relations

Nondiscrimination statement in English and Spanish

By including a nondiscrimination/affirmative action statement on your published materials, you meet USDA Civil Rights requirements.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) statement in English and Spanish

Use one of these statements on any publication that announces your services, programs, or events.

Social Media: a primer

A tour of the most common social media and some advice for users.

Getting from idea to publication

Writing a useful publication is more than choosing words. Much of the work occurs before you begin writing and after you finish the first draft. Here are some tips for getting from idea to published piece, whether printed or online.

Are you ready for a wiki?

What's a wiki? The short definition is "collaborative online workspace," but a wiki is really a new--some might say anarchistic--way of cooperatively generating information content.

How to write clear how-to instructions

In Extension, we often are called on to explain tasks ranging from applying correct amounts of fertilizer to preparing roses for winter. With a little effort, we can leave our readers satisfied rather than cursing the instruction writer. Here are some tips.

Editors reveal the writing they hate

Knowing how to avoid writing mistakes likely to send an editor scrambling for the “delete” key is a good way to smooth having your submission accepted for publication.

Distilling science for a lay audience

How to overcome the task of sorting through the volumes of information we gather before we actually write a popular science article about someone's research.

Stand tall with short words

You'll stand tall in your readers' eyes if you replace long words with shorter ones whenever you can.

Strive for conciseness in your writing

Many sins of poor writing are lumped under the heading of “wordiness.” Among them are redundancy; overuse of adverbs, adjectives, and prepositional phrases; and use of big words when a small one will do.
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