Newspaper-Based Creative Writing as a Teaching Tool

16 Pages Posted: 15 Jul 2006

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Nancy Gift

Chatham University

Richard E. Gift

University of Kentucky

Date Written: June 26, 2006


Newspaper articles have been long been used in writing instruction, but this use has traditionally been limited to foreign-language or lower-level courses. We describe a newspaper-based writing assignment which is appropriate for upper-level college students in a variety of disciplines. This assignment, which uses newspaper articles as an inspiration for understanding lecture and textbook concepts, is particularly useful in economics due to a need for in-depth writing assignments involving high level analysis of economic problems. Excerpts from student writing are included to demonstrate the skills developed through this work.

JEL Classification: A2

Suggested Citation

Gift, Nancy and Gift, Richard E., Newspaper-Based Creative Writing as a Teaching Tool (June 26, 2006). Available at SSRN: or

Nancy Gift (Contact Author)

Chatham University ( email )

106 Woodland Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15232

Richard E. Gift

University of Kentucky ( email )

Lexington, KY 40506
United States
859-257-7640 (Phone)

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