Feature and Magazine Writing: Action, Angle and Anecdotes / Edition 2

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This fully revised and updated edition of Feature and Magazine Writing covers everything from finding original ideas to locating expert sources. With fresh perspectives and advice from professional writers and editors, this colorfully-written introduction is required reading for anyone who wishes to become a strong feature writer.
  • Includes chapters on connecting content to the calendar, writing for online publications, trends, issues and controversies, and writing dramatic stories
  • New chapters in this edition include 'How To Find A Magazine Job', 'Last Chance: The Final Draft', and 'Writing for Trades, Associations and Organizations'
  • New sections in this edition include 'Improving Your Pizzazz and 'Original Research = Original Articles'
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“With clear writing and expertly crafted examples, this book goes beyond simply telling writers what to do and what not to do, but becomes a useful tool with its anecdotal evidence, challenging scenarios and actual sample writing how to become better feature writers.”
Tia C.M. Tyree
District of Columbia Housing Finance Agency

"Expertly packaged and sharply written, Sumner and Miller’s engaging text teaches not only basic elements of magazine writing, but also offers practical advice for today’s developing journalist. Everything from sentence structure to story-pitching advice is vividly explained, and the authors wisely include points of view from members of the contemporary working press. Also noteworthy is a wealth of information regarding the Internet, perhaps the most valuable and treacherous tool for tomorrow’s reporter."

David Abrahamson, Ph.D.

Helen G. Brown Research Professor of Journalism, Medill School of Journal,

Northwestern University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405192040
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 4/28/2009
  • Series: Wiley Desktop Editions Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

David E. Sumner, Ph.D. is professor of journalism and head of the magazine program at Ball State University, Muncie, IN. He teaches courses on introductory magazine writing, advanced magazine writing, and magazine editing, and advises the student magazine Expo. Within the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), Dr. Sumner has held numerous offices in its 150-member Magazine Division including chair, research chair, and webmaster.

Holly G. Miller holds degrees in journalism from Indiana University and Ball State University. She is “professional in residence” at Anderson University and has taught at Ball State University, Indiana University and Purdue University at Indianapolis, and at numerous writers’ workshops from Mount Hermon, California, to Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Ms Miller is Senior Editor of The Saturday Evening Post, is the author of 13 books and more than 2,000 published magazine articles. Her byline has appeared in such diverse publications as TV Guide, Country Gentleman, Today's Christian Woman, Indianapolis Monthly, Clarity, Reader's Digest, Writer's Digest, The Writer, etc. She has won awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Associated Press, Midwest Travel Writers, Society of American Travel Writers, Evangelical Press Association, the Multiple Sclerosis Society of America and General Motors Corp. She has served as managing editor of a daily newspaper, contributing editor to Today's Christian Woman and consulting editor to Clarity.

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Table of Contents

Introduction : reading, writing and relevance
Ch. 1 Capturing reader attention 3
Ch. 2 The hunt for fresh ideas 13
Ch. 3 Strong angles and focused ideas 31
Ch. 4 Creative research and reporting 41
Ch. 5 Interviews : moving past the predictable 61
Ch. 6 Action-packed writing 77
Ch. 7 Strong beginnings, satisfying endings 89
Ch. 8 Anecdotes : the color of writing 103
Ch. 9 The structure of writing 115
Ch. 10 The art and style of writing 127
Ch. 11 The wide, wide world of shorts 139
Ch. 12 Picture this : the profile article 151
Ch. 13 Real-life dramas and stories 163
Ch. 14 How to write how-to articles 185
Ch. 15 The calendar-content connection 195
Ch. 16 Trends, conflicts and controversies 207
Ch. 17 Writing to inspire 221
Ch. 18 Writing for the business-to-business media 233
Ch. 19 Writing for the Internet 245
Ch. 20 Marketing your words 257
Ch. 21 Writing creative query letters 271
Ch. 22 Copyrights and wrongs 285
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