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"Professional Feature Writing provides the basics of news media feature writing and establishes a solid foundation for students and writers making feature writing their career. This fourth edition offers a thorough and up-to-date look at newspaper, magazine, newsletter, and online publications, with emphasis on daily newspapers and consumer magazines. It serves as a comprehensive introduction to feature writing, emphasizing writing skills, article types, and the collegiate and professional writing life. With a wide variety of perspectives and experiences of both young and experienced writers, editors, publishers, and professors, the text is filled with practical guidance for writing a wide variety of features." "Each chapter includes excerpts and complete articles from the nation's leading publications." Building on introductory writing and reporting skills, this text is appropriate for upper-division journalism students learning feature writing and advanced writing topics. It will also serve as a valuable resource for freelance writers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415998970
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/21/2009
  • Series: Routledge Communication Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 893,851
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

About the Author
I The Basics 1
1 Feature Writing in the 21st Century 3
2 A Career as a Feature Writer? 15
3 Finding a Good Feature Article Idea 33
4 Researching Feature Article Ideas 56
5 The Writing and Editing Process 82
II Types of Articles 113
6 Descriptive and Color Writing 115
7 The Human-Interest Article 136
8 Profiles and Personality Sketches 155
9 Seasonal Features 183
10 Entertainment Features and Critical Writing 207
11 Aftermath, Follow-Up, and Depth Series Articles 246
12 Travel Writing 266
13 Service Features 297
14 Personal Experience Articles 321
15 Writing Humor in Feature Articles 341
16 Writing Science and Technical Features 368
III The Collegiate and Professional Writer 401
17 Writing Feature Articles on Campus 403
18 Freelance Writing and Marketing 424
19 Surviving in the Freelance Business 454
App. A: World Wide Web Resources 474
App. B Pennsylvania Angler & Boater Guidelines for Contributors 476
App. C Vermont Life Magazine Writers' Guidelines 480
App. D Operations & Fulfillment Magazine Writer's Guidelines 483
App. E Operations & Fulfillment Magazine Content and Style Guidelines 487
App. F Operations & Fulfillment Magazine Story Evaluation Checklist 490
App. G Freelance Letters of Agreement 492
App. H Code of Ethics of the Society of Professional Journalists 500
App. I American Society of Journalists and Authors Code of Ethics and Fair Practices 503
App. J Protecting Yourself in the Magazine Recession (or Any Other Time) 507
References 509
Index 520
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