Professional Feature Writing by Bruce Garrison

By Bruce Garrison

Professional function Writing offers the fundamentals of reports media characteristic writing and establishes an exceptional starting place for college kids and writers making characteristic writing their profession. This 5th variation bargains a radical and up to date examine newspaper, journal, e-newsletter, and on-line courses, with emphasis on day-by-day newspapers and customer magazines. It serves as a entire advent to add writing, emphasizing writing talents, article varieties, and the collegiate writing lifestyles. With a large choice of views and reports of either younger and skilled writers, editors, publishers, and professors, the textual content is stuffed with sensible tips for writing a wide selection of features.

Emphasizing writing values to reinforce a brand new writer's journalistic practices, writer Bruce Garrison bargains insights and services according to his personal event and the recommendation of pros. He additionally contains lists of assistance, observations, guidance, assets, and tale principles, and offers an excellent journey of the types and ways to add writing.

New for this variation are:

  • Updated examples of function writing, built-in in the course of the textual content

  • Profiles of younger newspaper and journal function writers, highlighting their reports and paths to good fortune within the career

  • Coverage of computer-based study instruments for writers, together with dialogue of online computer-based examine instruments with particular concentrate on the area huge net

  • Discussion of on-line newspapers, magazines, newsletters, and unique on-line courses and the position of function writing for digital courses.

Each bankruptcy comprises excerpts and entire articles from the nation's major courses.

Building on introductory writing and reporting abilities, this article is suitable for upper-division journalism scholars studying function writing and complicated writing themes. it's going to additionally function a precious source for freelance writers.

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Supreme Court justice will often be supplemented by a feature profile of the career of the person seeking the position. The local section of most daily newspapers will often run features on unusual individuals or events of community interest. Certainly local sidebar features are also used. However, newspapers that have segmented their local news coverage into neighborhood sections frequently fill these sections with features about people, schools, religions, home repair, pets, arts and crafts, parks and recreation, and small businesses.

Business sections have experienced growth in many daily newspapers in recent years. Even newspapers that do not have separate business sections—such as special tabloids on Mondays— still devote considerable space to business news and features. For writers interested in business, this is an upbeat and opportune time for you. These section editors demand regular features describing new companies, new products, consumerism, successful executives, and trends in the marketplace. 27 28 Part One THE BASICS A Business Section Editor and Her View of Writing Lisa Gibbs, executive business editor for The Miami Herald, has devoted her 20-year journalism career to newspaper and magazine writing and editing.

These outlets, even the ones that cannot pay contributors, can be important starting points for feature writers. Newsletters that succeed are a mix of mostly traditional hard news peppered with features, profiles, humor, and the human element. A clear advantage is that writers are often working with small organizations and with editors directly. Access is often faster and easier. Opportunities may be greater because they are less Chapter Two CAREERS AS FEATURE WRITERS AND EDITORS competitive than on newspapers and magazines.

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