Editorial Reviews for this title:
Real Feature Writing emphasizes story shape and structure by illustrating several distinct types of feature and non-fiction stories, all drawn from the real world. Author Abraham Aamidor presents a collection of distinct non-deadline story types (profile, trend, focus, advocacy, and more), providing an introduction to each story type, a full-text example, a critical analysis of the example, and clear directions for producing similar stories. In this second edition, Aamidor and his guest contributors (all with real-world journalistic experience) demonstrate in clear, honest language how to write features.
New for this edition are:
*updated examples of feature writing, integrated throughout the text;*a chapter on ethical journalism, which takes a critical look at propaganda;*a chapter on international perspectives, including coverage of issues in the Middle East;*chapters on research, freelancing, content editing, copyediting, and literary journalism.
This text is appropriate for upper-level journalism students, and will be a valuable resource for freelance writers and young working journalists needing guidance on writing features.
A book on writing that's fun to read
Most books on writing non-fiction include hundreds of tips, rules, suggestions and tidbits, plus countless excerpts from articles that often are out of context. Yet real journalists don't paste rules and checklists to their foreheads before sitting down to actually write a story. They work from good notes, then the nub or heart of a good story idea. "Real Feature Writing" is mostly organized along story shapes and types, such as profile, trend story, advocacy piece, essay, pro-and-con story and more; each chapter includes full-text samples of the story types in question, followed by candid critiques (warts and all) for each story presented. Later chapters in the book include traditional subjects such as using quotes effectively, how to interview people, active voice and more. The book also supports diversity in that it includes stories on Jackie Robinson; the issue of reparations for slavery; and an introduction to noted African-American journalist William Raspberry. Women authors also are included, of course. By the way, I am a multiple award-winning feature writer at The Indianapolis Star and have taught journalism at Southern Illinois University, Georgia Southern University and Indiana University.
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