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As a high school student many years ago, I went a forum about journalism and still remember its inspiring impact. So of course, I said yes when asked to speak with several classes at Hicksville High School for Career Day, a BOCES program. Newsday sanctioned my recent visit. In each of four different classes, I handed out this one-pager about "Writing and You". I was delighted to see how many wanted to be journalists and writers. Here's my talking points. Writing and You by Thomas Maier author, TV producer and Newsday special writer. Thomas.Maier@Newsday.com Personal Writing: How to Express Yourself? Walk Before Running. – Master the Basics: SVO – (Subject, “active” Verb, Object). – Simple Sentences, Complex Sentences and Transitions – Look up Writing Books for Style, Ideas. – “On Writing Well” William Zinsser – Keep a Personal Journal. – Social Media, Blog, School Websites. Personal Reading: What Do You Have to Say? – Read daily papers and websites.-- Newsda

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