Feature Writing for Newspapers and Magazines

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  • Copyright: 1999-07-01
  • Publisher: Allyn & Bacon
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Using experience-driven advice and compelling articles from scores of newspaper and magazine writers, "Feature Writing for Newspapers and Magazines" shows how award-winning journalists achieve excellence and national recognition. This book helps readers to cultivate vital journalistic skills with a thorough discussion about creating and refining article ideas, conducting research and interviews, writing, and navigating legal and ethical questions.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xiii
The Newspaper Feature Storyp. 1
The Feature: Helen's Storyp. 1
An Overviewp. 2
Newspaper Feature Story Types: News and Timeless Featuresp. 5
Categories and Appealsp. 6
Newspaper Feature Writers: The Right Stuffp. 12
A Profile of the Pulitzer Winnersp. 14
The Anatomy of a Newspaper Feature Storyp. 22
"Mrs. Kelly's Monster"p. 24
The Future: Trends in Newspaper Feature Writingp. 34
The Newspaper Feature Story Ideap. 37
What Newspaper Readers Want to Readp. 37
How to Get Ideasp. 39
Focusing Ideasp. 40
Ideas That Didn't Workp. 42
Ideas That Workedp. 43
"Life on the Land: An American Farm Family"p. 44
"Life on the Land: An American Farm Family"p. 46
"Zepp's Last Stand"p. 52
"Zepp's Last Stand"p. 53
The Magazine Article and Article Ideap. 65
How a Magazine Article Differs from a Newspaper Featurep. 66
Staff Writer Versus Freelancerp. 67
Three Necessary Skills for the Freelance Writerp. 69
Stalking the Elusive Article Ideap. 71
Matching Ideas to Marketsp. 73
"Like Something the Lord Made"p. 79
"Death of a Playmate"p. 96
Taking the Next Stepp. 111
Researching for Newspaper Feature Stories and Magazine Articlesp. 113
Newspaper Reference Roomsp. 114
Magazine Reference Resourcesp. 115
Computerized Researchp. 117
Using Search Engines and Directoriesp. 119
Electronic Magazinesp. 120
Turning Research Into the Finished Articlep. 121
"The Bureaucracy: How Did it Get So Big?"p. 123
Interviewing for Newspaper Feature Stories and Magazine Articlesp. 139
Kinds of Interviewsp. 139
Getting Ready To Interviewp. 140
Who to Interviewp. 140
Asking for the Interviewp. 144
Persuading People Who Don't Want to Talkp. 146
When and Where to Interviewp. 146
Researching the Intervieweep. 147
Conducting the Personal Interviewp. 148
Making Friendsp. 148
Asking Questionsp. 151
Attribution Guidelinesp. 155
Gathering Materialp. 157
Fixing Quotesp. 163
Descriptionp. 164
Excerpt from "the Boy Behind the Mask"p. 165
Excerpt from "Crossing Over"p. 165
Closing the Sessionp. 167
The Interview Storyp. 167
"Cybill Shepherd"p. 168
Excerpt from "Cybill at Forty"p. 178
Writing the Newspaper Feature Storyp. 181
Beginning the Processp. 181
Story Structurep. 183
Writing the Leadp. 186
A Dozen Lead Categoriesp. 187
Excerpt from "Angels and Demons"p. 188
Excerpt from "How Super Are Our Supercarriers?"p. 189
Excerpt from "A Gift Abandoned: Day One--Jack-in-the-Box"p. 191
Excerpt from "Aids in the Heartland: Chapter 1"p. 192
Excerpt from "Ashes to Dust"p. 193
Excerpt from "Being Black in South Africa: for Many, the Struggle is Finding Work"p. 194
Excerpt from "Toxic Shock"p. 195
Excerpt from "A Daughter Remembers Dad as He Lived, and Died"p. 196
Excerpt from "Life on the Land: An American Farm Family": Part 2p. 197
Excerpt from "Family, Town, Grieve Three Drowned Brothers"p. 199
Excerpt from "Making It Fly: Buying a Jetliner--An Act of Faith"p. 200
Excerpt from "Mrs. Kelly's Monster"p. 200
Excerpt from "Making It Fly: The Big Gamble"p. 201
Excerpt from "A Father's Pain, a Judge's Duty, and a Justice Beyond Their Reach"p. 201
Writing the Body of the Storyp. 203
Writing the End of the Storyp. 206
Excerpt from "Crime Scene: Beyond the Statistics, a Druggist Confronts the Reality of Robbery"p. 207
Analyzing Two Feature Storiesp. 208
"A Boy of Unusual Vision"p. 209
"All She Has, $150,000, is Going to a University"p. 220
Writing the Specialized Feature Storyp. 225
The Deadline Feature Sidebarp. 226
"Ashes to Dust"p. 228
The Profilep. 232
"Adam & Megan: A Story of One Family's Courage"p. 235
The Feature Seriesp. 249
"First Born, Fast Grown: The Manful Life of Nicholas, 10"p. 252
The Specialized Feature Story and Multimediap. 258
Marketing and Writing the Magazine Articlep. 259
Case Historyp. 259
The Ideap. 259
The Marketp. 260
The Query Letterp. 261
The Waiting Gamep. 265
Gathering the Informationp. 267
Organizing the Storyp. 268
Sitting Down to Writep. 270
The Aftermathp. 278
Starting in Greener Pasturesp. 279
"Writing for the Trades"p. 281
Writing and Rewriting Like a Prop. 285
Writers Must be Versatilep. 286
Revising Your Copyp. 291
Useful Writing Devicesp. 292
Avoiding Common Mistakesp. 298
Common Writing Problemsp. 299
Writing Subjectivelyp. 303
Putting It All Togetherp. 304
"Star Wars: Rogue Squadron 3d" Game Review for PC Acceleratorp. 306
"Medal of Honor: Allied Assault" Game Review for MacAddictp. 308
Legal and Ethical Considerations for Writersp. 311
Libelp. 312
Invasion of Privacyp. 314
Copyright Lawp. 315
Copyright Protectionp. 315
Copyright Infringementp. 317
Ethical Guidelinesp. 318
Creditsp. 325
Indexp. 327
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