Subjective Vs. Objective Writing Subjective Writing When writers emphasize or share their own personal feelings, thoughts, judgments, and opinions, their writing is defined as subjective. Subjective Writing Subjective writing is found in personal essays, in autobiographies, and in the editorial section of newspapers where journalists express their opinions about news events. Objective Writing Objective writing presents facts and figures only. It does not include the writer’s beliefs or feelings. Objective Writing Journalists who report the news write in an objective style. They stick to the facts and figures of the events they report; their purpose is strictly to inform the readers. Objective writing is also found in textbooks. Warning! Some texts may combine objective writing and subjective writing. For example, a biographer may include his or her opinion of the person about whom he or she is writing, as well as report the facts regarding that person’s life. It is important to recognize which segments are written objectively and which are written subjectively. Warning! Likewise, a inexperienced or unprofessional journalist may inadvertently or on purpose mix actual facts related to a news event and his or her own opinions of that occurrence. Again, it is the reader’s responsibility to distinguish fact from opinion.
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