Feature and Magazine Writing : Action, Angle and Anecdotes

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  • Edition: 2nd
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  • Copyright: 2009-04-28
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
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This fully revised and updated edition of Feature and Magazine Writing covers everything from finding original ideas to locating expert sources. With fresh perspectives and advice from professional writers and editors, this colorfully-written introduction is required reading for anyone who wishes to become a strong feature writer. Includes chapters on connecting content to the calendar, writing for online publications, trends, issues and controversies, and writing dramatic stories New chapters in this edition include 'How To Find A Magazine Job', 'Last Chance: The Final Draft', and 'Writing for Trades, Associations and Organizations' New sections in this edition include 'Improving Your Pizzazz and 'Original Research = Original Articles'

Author Biography

David E. Sumner is Professor of Journalism and head of the magazine program at Ball State University. He received the “Magazine Educator of the Year” award in 2007 from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. To learn more about magazines, visit Professor Sumner’s Web site: www.professormagazine.com.

Holly G. Miller is a professional in residence at Anderson University, senior editor of The Saturday Evening Post and freelance contributor to several national magazines.

Table of Contents

Preface: The Future of Magazines is Brightp. vii
Preparing to Write Feature and Magazine Articlesp. 1
Capturing Reader Attentionp. 3
The Hunt for Fresh Ideasp. 14
Strong Angles and Focused Ideasp. 27
Original Research = Original Articlesp. 39
Interviews: Goal-Driven Conversationsp. 57
Selling Feature and Magazine Articlesp. 73
Finding the Right Marketp. 75
Query Letters that Sellp. 88
Writing Feature and Magazine Articlesp. 103
Hooks, Intros and Leadsp. 105
Action-Filled Writingp. 116
The Art of the Anecdotep. 127
Improving Your Pizzazzp. 138
Don't Botch the Basicsp. 150
Different Types of Feature and Magazine Articlesp. 157
Blurbs, Briefs and Brightenersp. 159
In Focus: The Well-Balanced Profilep. 171
Writing Dramatic Storiesp. 190
Help! Writing the How-to Featurep. 206
Connecting Content to the Calendarp. 220
Trends, Issues and Controversiesp. 234
Writing to Inspire and Motivatep. 245
Writing for Professionals and Practitionersp. 259
Writing for Online Publicationsp. 271
Postscriptp. 285
Last Chance: The Final Draftp. 287
How to Find a Magazine Jobp. 292
Shoptalk-a Glossary Of Magazine Lingop. 305
Suggested In-Class Activities and Assignmentsp. 315
Indexp. 333
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