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This book emphasizes story shape and structure by illustrating several distinct types of feature and non-fiction stories, all drawn from the real world. Aamidor presents a collection of distinct non-deadline story types (profile, trend, focus, advocacy, and more) together with an introduction to each story type, a full-text example, a critical analysis of the example, and clear directions for producing similar stories.
Real Feature Writing excels in a diverse mix of authors and subjects, including African-American, women's, and environmental issues. Parts I and II include the story shapes and examples, and move from basic to more advanced types. Part III includes chapters on leads, quotes, descriptive writing, databases and reference books, and a chapter on breaking into newspaper feature writing that includes several interviews with feature writers and editors.
Contents: Introduction. The Profile. The Trend Story. The Pro and Con Story. The News Peg. The Focus Story. Problems and Solutions. The Journalistic Essay. Point of View. The Lead. Observation for Detail. Interview Techniques. Best Use of Quotes. Copyediting for Features. Using Databases. Breaking Into Newspapering. Spell Checkers.