Feature and Magazine Writing: Action, Angle and Anecdotes

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Wiley, May 2, 2005 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 312 pages
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Consider the unique features of Feature and Magazine Writing: Action, Angle and Anecdotes. Its authors have taught magazine writing at universities for a combined 30 years and have earned success and acclaim for magazine writing and editing. Its comprehensive chapters cover the most complete range of topics ever included in a magazine and feature writing text. Its affordability makes it immediately applicable to the hundreds of journalism programs teaching “magazine writing,” “feature writing” or similar courses. Authors Sumner and Miller have written a text that genuinely models its message through lively writing, touches of humor and a conversational tone. Coverage includes content too often missing or deficient in existing texts: finding original ideas; developing strong angles; writing for targeted, niche audiences; practical how-to instruction on the many different types of magazine articles; fresh perspective and advice from professional writers and editors; examples, exercises and sample, illustrative articles; glossaries of publishing terms in each chapter; how to find the best Web sites and databases for background research; and how to locate expert sources who are accessible for telephone interviews. Tightly edited, colorfully written, concise, and moderately priced, Feature and Magazine Writing is the textbook of choice for your future feature writers.

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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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