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6th Edition

Professional Feature Writing

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ISBN 9781032380797
May 16, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
480 Pages

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Book Description

Professional Feature Writing provides an essential introduction to the basics of news media feature writing and establishes a solid foundation for students and writers making feature writing their career.

This sixth edition offers a thorough and up-to-date look at newspaper, magazine, newsletter, and online publications, with emphasis on daily newspapers, consumer magazines, and online news. Special attention is paid to writing skills, feature story types, and the collegiate and professional writing life, and the text is filled with practical guidance for writing a wide variety of features, drawing on insights from both junior and experienced writers, editors, and publishers. Alongside a solid tour of forms and approaches to feature writing, the author includes lists of tips, observations, guidelines, sources, and story ideas.

New to this edition are:

- Three new chapters covering interviewing and observation in features, social media in feature writing, and writing social trends features;

- Updated international examples of feature writing, integrated throughout the text;

- Additional and expanded discussion about writing features for online publications and the uses of social media in gathering information and reporting;

- Increased attention to multimedia and the impact of new technologies on the industry.

Building on introductory writing and reporting skills, this text is appropriate for upper-division journalism students learning feature writing and advanced writing topics. It will also serve as a valuable resource for freelance writers.

Table of Contents

About the Author



I The Basics

1 Feature Writing Today

2 Careers as Feature Writers and Editors

3 Finding Good Feature Ideas

4 Research for Your Feature Story

5 Using Social Media in Features

6 Interviewing and Observation in Features

7 Description and Color Writing

8 Storytelling, Writing, and Editing

II Common Types of Feature Stories

9 Human-Interest Features

10 Writing Profiles

11 Writing Social Trends Features

12 Seasonal Features

13 Entertainment Features and Reviews

14 Aftermath, Follow-Up, and Depth Series Features

15 Travel Features

16 Service Features

17 Personal Experience Features

18 Humor in Feature Writing

19 Science and Technology Features

III Becoming a Professional Writer

20 Writing Features on Campus

21 Freelance Feature Writing



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Bruce Garrison is a tenured professor in the Journalism and Media Management Department, School of Communication, University of Miami. He was awarded a Fulbright grant for China and lectured at Shanghai International Studies University and several other Chinese universities. Garrison is author of books and journal articles about uses of new technologies in newsrooms and by the public, reporting, writing, sports journalism, and journalism in Latin America.