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Writing is the inscription of spoken word onto a print medium. However, language and spoken word existed long before writing. The earliest form of writing took place 25,000 to 30,000 years ago in the form of paintings on cave walls. The actual development of an alphabet did not occur until 3,500 years ago by the Phoenicians in the Middle East. From that point, the alphabet spread and evolved over the years into what we today know as modern language; coupled with that came literature.
Writing has, over time, evolved into a skill and art of many forms. It is a way for fiction to be passed on from one person to the next; likewise, it is a means to pass along news of events taking place around the world. Creative writing, technical writing, blogging, and other means of interpreting and disseminating information in unique ways are considered journalism.
Journalism is – in a nutshell – gathering, reviewing, confirming, and presenting news regarding people, trends, current events, and other topics to the masses. In addition, many journalists choose to specialize in one aspect of writing such as creative writing or in-depth feature writing. Writing spans beyond the boundaries of print, however, via modern technologies including radio, television, and the internet.