To Be Published December 15th 2013 by Routledge – 320 pages
What does it take to launch a career writing for magazines? In this comprehensive, up-to-date introduction to magazine writing, a team of experienced magazine writers and editors takes students from initial story pitches through final production, emphasizing that success in magazines is one part creative effort and one part marketing savvy. Magazine Writing offers time-tested rules for good writing alongside 21st-century tools for digital storytelling, and examples of published work, conversations with successful magazine contributors and bloggers, and interviews with editors on what they’re looking for give students all the skills and practical insights they need to jumpstart a magazine writing career.
1. Beginning the Journey: An Overview 2. The Inside Story: A Look at the Magazine Industry 3. Magazine Markets 4. The Big Idea 5. Sharpening the Angle 6. Pitch Perfect 7. Research: The Foundation of Good Storytelling 8. Structure: The Building Blocks of Good Storytelling 9. Structure II: The Mortar for Storytelling Blocks 10. Self Edit 11. Literary Non-Fiction: Storytelling at its Best 12. The Profile 13. Service 14. Arts & Entertainment 15. Sports 16. Travel 17. Essay 18. B2B: The Ultimate Service Journalism 19. Writing for the Web and Tablets 20. Legal and Ethical Considerations
Christopher Benson is Associate Professor of Journalism and African American Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has written for Chicago, Savoy, Jet, and The Crisis magazines, and has contributed to The Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times and Reader’s Digest. He has worked as Features Editor and Washington Editor for Ebony magazine. Benson is co-author of Mamie Till-Mobley‘s memoir Death of Innocence: The Story of the Hate Crime That Changed America, (Random House, 2003) about the life and death of her son, Emmett Till, and the history-making changes that followed. Benson also was a co-writer and associate producer of the documentary Paper Trail: 100 Years of the Chicago Defender, and he wrote Matt Damon’s narration script for the documentary Running the Sahara. Benson served as editor for Don’t Block the Blessings: Revelations of a Lifetime, the New York Times bestseller and NAACP Image Award-winning memoir by Patti LaBelle with Laura B. Randolph (Riverhead/Putnam, 1996). He has also worked as a speechwriter for Washington, D.C. politicians.
Charles Whitaker is Helen Gurley Brown Magazine Research Chair at the Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University, where he also has served as a Charles Deering McCormick Distinguished Clinical Professor. He teaches courses in magazine writing and editing and is one of the rotating directors of Medill’s acclaimed Magazine Publishing Project. Whitaker was a senior editor at Ebony magazine and a reporter at the Miami Herald and the Louisville Times (Ky.), and he has written for the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago magazine, Jet magazine, Essence magazine, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Saturday Evening Post, Chicago Parent magazine, and Folio, the magazine of the magazine industry.