Feature and Magazine Writing: Action, Angle, and Anecdotes by David E. Sumner

By David E. Sumner

Up to date with clean proof, examples and illustrations, besides new chapters on electronic media and blogs this 3rd version is still the authoritative and crucial consultant to writing attractive and marketable characteristic tales. * Covers every thing from discovering unique principles and angles to finding specialist resources * extended variation with new chapters on storytelling for electronic media and construction a narrative web publication * fascinating type exemplifies the authors' professional tips, combining educational authority with expert knowledge * complete assurance of the entire angles, together with advertising written paintings and discovering jobs within the publishing * crucial examining for an individual wishing to turn into a robust characteristic author * followed by way of an internet site with a wealth of assets together with PowerPoint shows, handouts, and Q&As that might be to be had upon book: www.wiley.com/go/sumnerandmiller

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Without enough interviews, reporters are writing on empty. ”2 Some students have been known to conduct e-mail interviews with persons who work at the same school that they attend. Myron Struck, former editor-in-chief of Targeted News Service, says, “Eight of 10 interns who have come to us over the past four years from Get “Up Close and Personal” with Your Interviews Face-to-face interviews When you sit in front of someone, you hear and see (a) words; (b) tone and voice inflection; (c) pauses; (d) facial expressions; (e) dress, physical appearance and mannerisms; (f) room surroundings; and (g) people who live or work nearby.

Some universities have searchable databases for the media to use in finding faculty experts on particular topics. ╇ Association directories The Encyclopedia of Associations: Regional, State and Local Organizations contains names, descriptions and contact information for more than 100,000 groups that serve every conceivable occupational and special- How to Find an Original Idea 23 interest group. Most academic libraries carry copies of this multivolume annual series. Association directories are a treasure trove for ideas and expert sources.

The narrower you make it, the more likely you will give readers information they have never read or heard about. These five suggestions will point you in the right direction. ” A news peg is a current event or anniversary of a historical event that illustrates the topic you want to write about. For example, the January birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. offers a news peg to write stories related to civil rights or race relations. An election campaign offers a news peg for stories about controversial issues that the candidates are debating.

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