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Features has been defined as news that readers do not need to know but that they want to know. Taking a different perspective, author and professional journalist Abraham Aamidor defines features as "the news below the surface," and throughout this book he emphasizes that approach: the news that readers may not always recognize as such but that affects them just the same - the people, places, and things they need to know about although they may not yet realize it. In preparing this text for use in journalism feature writing courses, he emphasizes the essentials of the feature writing process, examining story shape and structure. He illustrates distinct types of feature and nonfiction stories, all drawn from the real world, and includes the work of practicing journalists who write for leading newspapers. Prepared for students with a basic journalism writing background or similar experience, as well as for freelance writers and professionals looking for practical guidance, Real Feature Writing is a lively and timely introduction to the development of interesting and effective feature stories.
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Table of Contents

Introduction
1 The Profile 3
2 The Trend Story 22
3 The Pro and Con Story 36
4 The News Peg 45
5 The Focus Story 59
6 Problems and Solutions 78
7 The Journalistic Essay 90
8 Point of View 100
9 The Lead 117
10 Observation for Detail 128
11 Interview Techniques 132
12 Best Use of Quotes 136
13 Copyediting for Features 141
14 Using Databases 144
15 Breaking Into Newspapering 150
16 Spell Checkers 154
References 155
Author Index 157
Subject Index 159
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