Professional Feature Writing
Routledge – 2010 – 436 pages
Series: Routledge Communication Series
Professional Feature Writing provides the basics of news media feature writing and establishes a solid foundation for students and writers making feature writing their career. This fifth edition offers a thorough and up-to-date look at newspaper, magazine, newsletter, and online publications, with emphasis on daily newspapers and consumer magazines. It serves as a comprehensive introduction to feature writing, emphasizing writing skills, article types, and the collegiate and professional writing life. With a wide variety of perspectives and experiences of both young and experienced writers, editors, publishers, and professors, the text is filled with practical guidance for writing a wide variety of features.
Emphasizing writing values to strengthen a new writer's journalistic practices, author Bruce Garrison offers insights and expertise based on his own experience and the advice of professionals. He also includes lists of tips, observations, guidelines, sources, and story ideas, and gives a solid tour of the forms and approaches to feature writing.
New for this edition are:
Each chapter includes excerpts and complete articles from the nation's leading publications.
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.
Part I: The Basics Feature Writing in the Twenty-first 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