9780205747801

Feature Writing The Pursuit of Excellence

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  • ISBN13:

    9780205747801

  • ISBN10:

    0205747809

  • Edition: 7th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2/19/2010
  • Publisher: Pearson

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Summary

Updated in a new 7th edition, this book helps the reader cultivate vital journalistic skills. It combines clear explanations of each step in the writing process with a wide range of stories from some of the country's best newspaper, magazine and online feature writers. With detailed coverage on creating and refining article ideas, conducting research and interviews, writing, and navigating legal and ethical question, this bookuses experience-driven advice and compelling articles to show how award-winning journalists achieve excellence and national recognition.

Table of Contents

CHAPTER one

The Newspaper Feature Story 

The Feature: Helen’s Story    

An Overview    

Newspaper Feature Story Types: News and Timeless Features    

Categories and Appeals    

Newspaper Feature Writers: The Right Stuff    

A Profile of the Pulitzer Winners    

The Anatomy of a Newspaper Feature Story    

“Mrs. Kelly’s Monster”    

by Jon Franklin of the Baltimore Evening Sun

A Pulitzer Prize Winner

The Future: Trends in Newspaper Feature Writing    

CHAPTER TWO

The Newspaper Feature Story Idea    

What Newspaper Readers Want to Read    

How to Get Ideas    

Focusing Ideas    

Ideas That Didn’t Work    

Ideas That Worked    

“Life on the Land: An American Farm Family”    

“Life on the Land: An American Farm Family”    

by John Camp of the St. Paul Pioneer Press

A Pulitzer Prize Winner

“Pearls Before Breakfast”    

“PEARLS BEFORE BREAKFAST”    

by Gene Weingarten of The Washington Post Magazine

A Pulitzer Prize Winner

CHAPTER Three

The Magazine Article and Article Idea    

How a Magazine Article Differs from a Newspaper Feature    

Staff Writer Versus Freelancer    

Three Necessary Skills for the Freelance Writer    

Stalking the Elusive Article Idea    

Matching Ideas to Markets    

“Like Something the Lord Made”    

by Katie McCabe for The Washingtonian

A National Magazine Award Winner

“Death of a Playmate”    

by Teresa Carpenter for The Village Voice

A Pulitzer Prize Winner

Taking the Next Step    

CHAPTER four

Researching for Newspaper Feature Stories and Magazine Articles    

Newspaper Reference Rooms AND COMPUTER FILES    

Magazine Reference Resources    

Computerized Research    

Using Search Engines and Directories    

WRITING FOR THE INTERNET    

        On the Decline of Print Journalism

        Freelancing for the Internet

Turning Research into the Finished Article    

“WHERE BUSINESS TRAVELERS LIVE”    

by Joe Brancatelli

“WHy we hate the airlines and lobve diet coke”    

by Joe Brancatelli

 

CHAPTER five

Interviewing for Newspaper Feature Stories and Magazine Articles    

Kinds of Interviews    

Getting Ready to Interview    

Who to Interview    

Asking for the Interview    

Persuading People Who Don’t Want to Talk    

When and Where to Interview    

Researching the Interviewee    

Conducting the Personal Interview    

Making Friends    

Asking Questions    

Attribution Guidelines    

Gathering Material    

Fixing Quotes    

Description    

Excerpt from “The Boy Behind the Mask”    

by Tom Hallman Jr. of The Oregonian

A Pulitzer Prize Winner

Excerpt from “Crossing Over”    

by J. R. Moehringer of The Los Angeles Times

A Pulitzer Prize Winner

Closing the Session    

The Interview Story    

 “Zepp’s Last Stand”    

by Madeleine Blais of The Miami Herald

A Pulitzer Prize Winner

CHAPTER six

Writing the Newspaper Feature Story    

Beginning the Process    

Story Structure    

Writing the Lead    

A Dozen Lead Categories    

Excerpt from “Angels and Demons”    

by Tom French of the St. Petersburg Times

A Pulitzer Prize Winner

Excerpt from “How Super Are Our Supercarriers?”    

by Steve Twomey of The Philadelphia Inquirer

A Pulitzer Prize Winner

Excerpt from “A Gift Abandoned: Day One–Jack-in-the-box”    

by Sheryl James of the St. Petersburg Times

A Pulitzer Prize Winner

Excerpt from ‘‘AIDS in the Heartland: Chapter 1’’    

by Jacqui Banaszynski of the St. Paul Pioneer Press

A Pulitzer Prize Winner

Excerpt from “Ashes to Dust”    

by Linda Wilson of The Daily News, Longview, Washington

A Pulitzer Prize Winner

Excerpt from “Being Black in South Africa: For Many, the Struggle Is Finding Work”    

by David Zucchino of The Philadelphia Inquirer

A Pulitzer Prize Winner

Excerpt from ‘‘Toxic Shock’’    

by Nan Robertson of The New York Times

A Pulitzer Prize Winner

Excerpt from ‘‘A Daughter Remembers Dad as He Lived, and Died’’    

by Tad Bartimus of the Associated Press

A Pulitzer Prize Finalist

Excerpt from “Utica, Illinois”    

by Julia Keller of the Chicago Tribune    

A Pulitzer Prize Winner

Excerpt from ‘‘Life on the Land: An American Farm Family’’: Part 2    

by John Camp of the St. Paul Pioneer Press

A Pulitzer Prize Winner

Excerpt from ‘‘Family, Town, Grieve Three Drowned Brothers’’    

by Tad Bartimus of the Associated Press

A Pulitzer Prize Finalist

Excerpt from ‘‘Making It Fly: Buying a Jetliner–An Act of Faith’’    

by Peter Rinearson of The Seattle Times

A Pulitzer Prize Winner

Excerpt from “Mrs. Kelly’s Monster”    

by Jon Franklin of the Baltimore Evening Sun

A Pulitzer Prize Winner

Excerpt from “THE BUREAUCRACY: HOW DID IT GET SO BIG?” 

        By Saul Pett of The Associated Press

        A Pulitzer Prize Winner

Excerpt from ‘‘Making It Fly: The Big Gamble’’    

by Peter Rinearson of The Seattle Times

A Pulitzer Prize Winner

Excerpt from “A Father’s Pain, a Judge’s Duty, and a Justice Beyond Their Reach”    

by Barry Siegel of The Los Angeles Times

A Pulitzer Prize Winner

Writing the Body of the Story    

Writing the End of the Story    

Excerpt from “Crime Scene: Beyond the Statistics, A Druggist Confronts the Reality of Robbery”    

by Angelo B. Henderson of The Wall Street Journal

A Pulitzer Prize Winner

                        EXCERPT FROM “THE GIRL IN THE WINDOW”

                                  By Lane DeGregory of the St. Petersburg Times

                                  A Pulitzer Prize Winner

                 WRITING A STORY FOR THE WEB

Analyzing Two Feature Stories    

“A Boy of Unusual Vision”    

by Alice Steinbach of the Baltimore Sun

A Pulitzer Prize Winner

“All She Has, $150,000, Is Going to a University”    

by Rick Bragg of the New York Times

A Pulitzer Prize Winner

CHAPTER seven

Writing the Specialized Feature Story    

The Deadline Feature Sidebar    

“Ashes to Dust”   

by Linda Wilson of The Daily News, Longview, Washington

A Pulitzer Prize Winner

The Profile    

“Adam & Megan: A Story of One Family’s Courage”    

by Dave Curtin of the Colorado Springs Gazette Telegraph

A Pulitzer Prize Winner

The Feature Series    

“First Born, Fast Grown: The Manful Life of Nicholas, 10”    

by Isabel Wilkerson of The New York Times

A Pulitzer Prize Winner

The Specialized Feature Story and Multimedia Journalism

Excerpt from “Final Salute”    

by Jim Sheeler of the Rocky Mountain News    

A Pulitzer Prize Winner

CHAPTER eight

Marketing and Writing the Magazine Article    

Case History    

The Idea    

The Market    

The Query Letter    

The Waiting Game    

Gathering the Information    

Organizing the Story    

Sitting Down to Write   

The Aftermath    

Send in the Clones    

“Genome Tome”     

by Priscilla Long for The American Scholar

A National Magazine Award Winner

CHAPTER nine

Writing and Rewriting Like a Pro    

Writers Must be Versatile    

Revising Your Copy    

Useful Writing Devices    

Avoiding Common Mistakes    

Common Writing Problems    

Writing Subjectively    

Putting It All Together    

“Star Wars: Rogue Squadron 3D”    

Game Review for PC Accelerator

“Medal of Honor: Allied Assault”    

Game Review for MacAddict

CHAPTER ten

Legal and Ethical Considerations for Writers    

Libel    

Invasion of Privacy    

Copyright Law    

Copyright Protection    

Copyright Infringement    

Ethical Guidelines    

Credits    

Index    

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