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University course is a laughing matter

ZANESVILLE, Ohio (Jan. 28, 2005) -- Students looking for a unique learning experience can enroll in Humor Writing (Jour 488) this spring at Ohio University-Zanesville. Students will learn how to write humor for print, broadcast and electronic media outlets.

Utilizing techniques of those in the profession, students will experience the benefits of applying appropriate humor in the workplace, in speeches, and as an instructional and learning tool. The "hands-on" course includes various class projects, such as writing a newsletter, designing a web site and preparing material for a live performance. In fact the unique final exam is a stand-up comedy performance written by the students.

Created by Mel Helitzer, professor of journalism and author from Ohio University, the class was one of the nation's first university courses on the subject and has been featured in Newsweek and The New York Times. The course is now taught by OUZ Professor of Psychology, Dr. Mark Shatz. Helitzer and Shatz are working on the second edition of the best-selling humor writing book, "Comedy Writing Secrets." With this team of professionals, students are sure to master the art of humor writing.

The class will meet during spring quarter. To find out more about the course, contact Shatz at (740) 588-1496 or by email at shatz@ohio.edu.

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Media Contact: Christine Shaw, (740) 588-1509 or ouzpr@ohio.edu  

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