Writing Feature Stories: How to Research and Write Newspaper and Magazine Articles

Writing Feature Stories: How to Research and Write Newspaper and Magazine Articles

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By (author) Matthew Ricketson

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  • Publisher: Allen & Unwin
  • Format: Paperback | 304 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 226mm x 23mm | 522g
  • Publication date: 28 November 2004
  • Publication City/Country: Sydney
  • ISBN 10: 1865087327
  • ISBN 13: 9781865087320
  • Sales rank: 76,721

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A practical guide to all aspects of feature writing for journalists and freelance writers.

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Matthew Ricketson has been a journalist since 1981, and worked on staff at The Age, The Australian and Time Australia. He is now head of Journalism at RMIT, and continues to write for major newspapers on a regular basis. He has won several awards, including the George Munster prize for best freelance journalism. In 2000 he published a biography of children's author, Paul Jennings (Penguin).

Review quote

"Matthew Ricketson's book is both useful and thought-provoking. For the young reporter struggling to write features, it provides a good basic primer. For those interested in pushing the boundaries of the journalistic form, it provides encouragement and provocation." --Margaret Simons, award-winning journalist and author of "Meeting of the Waters"

Table of contents

Introduction..1 What Exactly Is A Feature Story?..2 The Variety of Feature Stories..3 Crossing the Bridge from Media Consumer to Media Practitioner..4 Generating Fresh Story Ideas..5 Spend Half an Hour Planning Now, Save Half a day Later. This man raped two little girls .. The story behind the story: Pamela Bone..6 Gathering the Raw Material..7 The Subtle and Slippery Art of Interviewing..8 Seeing Things For Yourself. The Passion of John Marsden .. The story behind the story: David Brearley..9 Finding the Right Structure for the Story..10 Leads, Closes and that Big Lump in the Middle..11 Wordcraft. Pol Pot Park .. The story behind the story: Kimina Lyall..12 Editing Your Story and Working With Editors..13 Looking Ahead to Literary Journalism. Hope Lives Here .. The story behind the story: Garry Linnell..Appendix..Glo