Feature Writing: A Practical Introduction

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SAGE, Mar 14, 2006 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 176 pages
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This book provides a practical and richly informative introduction to feature writing and the broader context in which features journalists operate. As well as covering the key elements and distinctive features that constitute good feature writing, the book also offers a rich resource of real life examples, case studies and exercises.

The authors have drawn on their considerable shared experience to provide a solid and engaging grounding in the principles and practice of feature writing. The textbook will explore the possibilities of feature writing, including essential basics, such as:

  • Why journalists become feature writers
  • The difference between news stories and features
  • What features need to contain
  • How to write features
  • The different types of features

 The text is intended for both those who are studying the media at degree level and those who are wishing to embark on a career in the print industry. It will be invaluable for trainee feature writers.

 

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Contents

Chapter 1 What is a feature?
1
Chapter 2 Sourcing the feature
11
Chapter 3 Interviewing
23
Chapter 4 What features should contain
41
Chapter 5 The difference between news and features
57
Chapter 6 Language and structure
65
Chapter 7 Different types of features
79
Chapter 8 Writing presonal columns
95
Chapter 9 Writing reviews
107
Chapter 10 Specialist features
123
Chapter 11 Commissioning features
139
Chapter 12 Why feature writers become feature writers
151
Bibliography
157
Index
159
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Susan has been a journalist for more than 30 years and has worked for regional and national newspapers and magazines, and in regional television. She has strong links with the regional media and with the National Council for the Training of Journalists – with whom she has worked as an assessor. She is also a former judge of the Yorkshire Press Awards. Susan is Course Leader in Postgraduate Print and Magazine Journalism. The two books she co-authored are written in a practical, how-to style and designed to appeal to journalism students and trainee journalists. Susan has acted as External Examiner at Darlington College - part of Teesside University - and has been an external member on programme approval and validation panels for Glasgow Caledonian University and Sheffield Hallam University.

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