Introducing…….

2 Mar

  

Following on from her last post on essay writing tips, YourChoiceTutorsuk blogger Sarah is going to be shedding light into the different parts of the essay. This week she’ll start from the very beginning: the introduction.

First Impressions: How to write a sparkling introduction to your essay

In the introduction, you want to outline the question and how you intend to answer it. You also want to grab the reader’s attention, and gently guide them through the text to follow.

Let me illustrate how to write an introduction with the introduction to one of my university essay, titled: How do the roles of men and women differ in the newsroom, particularly in television newsrooms?

I use this example, because it was probably the best essay I ever wrote at Uni, gaining a first in, so let’s talk through how I did it. First I’ll let you read the intro (bearing in mind it is for a 3,000 word essay, it’s a little lengthy) and then we’ll go over it again with notes.

Introduction to: How do the roles of men and women differ in the newsroom, particularly in television newsrooms?

Sexism has always been a heated debate throughout the history of society, but how does the issue of sex and gender determine the dynamics of a newsroom? Do men and women take on different roles in a newsroom environment and if so, is this a voluntary and well received protocol?

By briefly over viewing the history of sexism in the media and analysing case studies from around the world, including the UK, US, India and South Africa, I hope to gain an insight into the workings of the newsroom and the elements of sexual discriminations that are present. I also wish to examine the workings of the television newsroom more closely to see if the problem is more pronounced there.

The major issues in this study consist of the different roles played by men and women in the newsroom, and in turn the different types of news that they report. This study must also take into account the amount of men in power compared to women, and the supposed male dynamics of newsroom compositions.

 OK, now let’s break it down into parts and talk it through….

Introduction to: How do the roles of men and women differ in the newsroom, particularly in television newsrooms?

Sexism has always been a heated debate throughout the history of society, but how does the issue of sex and gender determine the dynamics of a newsroom? Do men and women take on different roles in a newsroom environment and if so, is this a voluntary and well received protocol?

Explanation: Here I decided to start my essay off with questions to further develop the title of the essay. This gives the reader a more specific example of what I will be covering in my essay, as the title was very general and could be interpreted in many ways.

By briefly over viewing the history of sexism in the media and analysing case studies from around the world, including the UK, US, India and South Africa, I hope to gain an insight into the workings of the newsroom and the elements of sexual discriminations that are present. I also wish to examine the workings of the television newsroom more closely to see if the problem is more pronounced there.

Explanation: After grabbing the reader’s attention with my questions, I then proceeded to walk the reader through my study. Briefly, I have managed to explain exactly what I will be doing over the next 3000-odd words, so they can see where the study will take them and what they can expect.

The major issues in this study consist of the different roles played by men and women in the newsroom, and in turn the different types of news that they report. This study must also take into account the amount of men in power compared to women, and the supposed male dynamics of newsroom compositions.

Explanation: Again, the introduction continues to specify what I will be studying, outlining the major issues the essay question has brought up. However, this also leads nicely into my first point. I then go on to write my first argument about the supposed male dynamics of newsroom composition,” giving me a smooth transition from intro to essay – flawless!

Sarah Howells is a journalist from North Devon, who runs a blog in her spare time on gluten free living (www.theglutenfreeblogger.com). She has spent many years proof reading and writing essays, as well as typing away in her day job.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: