This text offers the basics of news media feature writing and guides motivated beginners down the right path toward success as professional feature writers. This fourth edition gives advanced writers and reporters a thorough look at newspaper, magazine, newsletter, and online publications, with emphasis on daily newspapers and consumer magazines. Three primary aspects of feature writing are emphasized: introduction and writing skills/basics, article types, and the collegiate and professional writing life. Each chapter includes excerpts and complete articles from some of the nation's leading publications that illustrate points made in the text.
Professional Feature Writing provides a wide variety of perspectives and experiences of both young and experienced writers, editors, publishers, and professors. Emphasizing writing values that will strengthen a new writer's journalistic practices, readers will gain insights and expertise from the narrative, the advice of professionals, and current writing examples. The book offers lists of tips, observations, in-depth looks at both young and veteran writers, guidelines, sources, and story ideas. As such, this volume is a solid tour of the forms and approaches to feature writing. Building on introductory writing and reporting skills, this text is written for advanced students, and is filled with practical advice for writing a wide variety of features.
Contents: Preface. Part I: The Basics. Feature Writing in the 21st Century. A Career as a Feature Writer? Finding a Good Feature Article Idea. Researching Feature Article Ideas. The Writing and Editing Process. Part II: Types of Articles. Descriptive and Color Writing. The Human-Interest Article. Profiles and Personality Sketches. Seasonal Features. Entertainment Features and Critical Writing. Aftermath, Follow-Up, and Depth Series Articles. Travel Writing. Service Features. Personal Experience Articles. Writing Humor in Feature Articles. Writing Science and Technical Features. Part III: The Collegiate and Professional Writer. Writing Feature Articles on Campus. Freelance Writing and Marketing. Surviving in the Freelance Business. Appendices: World Wide Web Resources.Pennsylvania Angler & Boater Guidelines for Contributors. Vermont Life Magazine Writers' Guidelines. Operations & Fulfillment Magazine Writer's Guidelines. Operations & Fulfillment Magazine Content and Style Guidelines. Operations & Fulfillment Magazine Story Evaluation Checklist. Freelance Letters of Agreement. Code of Ethics of the Society of Professional Journalists. American Society of Journalists and Authors Code of Ethics and Fair Practices. Protecting Yourself in the Magazine Recession (or Any Other Time).