6th Edition

Professional Feature Writing

By Bruce Garrison Copyright 2023
    484 Pages
    by Routledge

    484 Pages
    by Routledge

    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 careers.

    This sixth edition offers a thorough and up-to-date look at newspapers, magazines, newsletters, 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 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.

    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




    Bruce Garrison is a 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 the author of books and journal articles about the uses of new technologies in newsrooms and by the public, reporting, writing, sports journalism, and journalism in Latin America.