Art of Feature Writing From Newspaper Features and Magazine Articles to Commentary

ISBN-10: 0195179382
ISBN-13: 9780195179385
Edition: 2007
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Description: This book introduces journalism students to the art of freelance writing, from the basic newspaper feature to the magazine article. Encouraging in tone, with the voice of a teacher rich in experience, The Art of the Freelancer gives students the  More...

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Book details

List price: $85.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 6/4/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.364
Language: English

This book introduces journalism students to the art of freelance writing, from the basic newspaper feature to the magazine article. Encouraging in tone, with the voice of a teacher rich in experience, The Art of the Freelancer gives students the tools they need to begin a writing career. Rich with examples, drawn from a diverse variety of sources, Hutchison dispenses sound and sensible advice, from writing a lead that sings, to considering the income tax implications of a freelance career. Rich pedagogy throughout the book further supports the student, and a full chapter (10) pulls all of the steps together in a concise and useful manner.

Preface
A Note to the Student
On the Path to Becoming a Freelance Writer
Why Seek the Path of a Freelance Writer?
What Distinguishes a Good Freelance Writer?
Where Are You Now?
So, You Want to Become a Columnist?
Basic Characteristics of Mass Communication Writing
Human Nature and Reality
Journalist and Scientist Methodology
Being Attentive to Your Audience
Tracking a Feature: Using Imagination and Reason
News Interpretations May Differ
Audiences Dictate Different Vocabularies
A Word on Ethics and Libel
Why Is All This Important to You?
Summary
Exercises
On Defining a Newspaper Feature: Dog Bites Man-Dog Dies
What Exactly Is a News Story? What Is a Feature?
Long News Stories-Long Feature Stories
A Follow-up Feature
Ideas for Features: Where Do They All Come From?
Episodes in Your Life
Summary
Features for Discussion
Exercises
Writing the Newspaper Feature
Some Feature Story Characteristics: A Recap
Feature Leads and Analyses
Short Feature Analyses
Long Feature Analyses
Two "Coattail" Features
Summary
Features for Discussion
Exercises
Writing Investigative and Survey Features
Features Based on Surveys
The Feature Assignment
About Those Feature Conclusions
Writing the Investigative Feature
Summary
Features for Discussion
Exercises
Magazine Writing and the Reader Interest Plane
What Is a Magazine Article?
The Magazine Scene
Magazine Article Ideas
Magazine Article Leads
What's in a Title?
The Reader Interest Plane
Charting the Reader Interest Plane
Summary
Articles for Discussion
Exercises
Commentary: Editorials, Columns, Essays, Reviews
Preparation for the Commentary
Ideas: Again, Where Do They All Come From?
Three Broad Editorial and Column Categories
The Essay
Reviews
Summary
Commentaries for Discussion
Exercises
The Art of Writing: The Echo of Words
Aspiring to the Level of Poetry
Discipline
Variations in Sentence Patterns
A Triad of Paragraph Patterns
Triads, Triads, Triads
Some Common Errors of Commission: Part I
Some Common Errors of Commission: Part II
Analogies
Language and Imagery
Weaving Figures in the Carpet
Show, Don't Tell
Wedding Sense to Sound: The Echoes of Words
The Importance of Revision
Putting "Proper Words in Proper Places"
The Mental Block: Plumbing the Deep Well
Summary
Articles for Discussion
Exercises
The Art of Interviewing: The Only Wheel in Town
Central to All Media Writing-Interviewing
Reality and Human Frailty
A Preliminary Interview
Preparation for the Interview
Conducting the Interview
Role Playing in the Interview
Still More Role Playing
The Reluctant Dragon: Part I
The Reluctant Dragon: Part II
Off the Record
Listen to the Answers
The Last Interview Question
Telephone Interviews
Celebrity Interviews
The Question-and-Answer Interview
The "Let Them Do the Talking" Interview
A No-no Interview
The Mini-profile Interview
Summary
Interview for Discussion
Exercises
The Search for Information
A Preliminary Primer on Research
Needed: An Inquiring Mind
Libraries
You Can Get Most Anything You Want ...
Government Offices
Political and Civic Groups
Professional Groups
Private Sources
Research Organizations
Summary
Features for Discussion
Exercises
Focusing, Outlining: Pulling it all Together
An Introduction to Outlining
The Short Feature Structure
The Long Feature Structure
The Magazine Article Outline
Outlines for Commentary
The Value of Outlining
The Master of the Outline
Summary
Features for Discussion
Exercises
To Market, to Market: The Business Side of Freelancing, Part I
Selecting Markets
Take Five (Markets)
What Is a Query Letter?
To Query or Not to Query, That Is the Query
A Cover Letter Is Needed
Why Mention Articles in the Editor's Magazine?
Packaging Your Article: Manuscript Format
The Editor Accepts
What Have You Sold? Copyrights
Rejections: Surviving the Aftermath
A Wasteland of Literary Rejections
Multiple Submissions: To Do? Or Not to Do?
While You Are Waiting: The Editor at Work
Beware of Editors Bearing Ill Tidings
Expanding Your Publishing Horizon
A Final Word to Keep You Writing
Summary
Exercises
Home Again, Home Again: The Business Side of Freelancing, Part II
Failing to Itemize Costs Taxpayers Money
Does the IRS Play the Fear Factor?
Do You Have to Publish to Deduct Expenses?
Establishing Freelance Writer Status
What About an Audited Return?
Should You Employ an Income Tax Consultant?
A Taste of IRS Guidelines
Summary
Exercises
Common Sense Approach to Punctuation
Words Commonly Used and Abused: A List to Aid Spelling and Usage
The Associated Press Top Ten Myths About Rewriting Someone Else's News Reporting
The Associated Press Copyright Guidelines
Society of Professional Journalists: Code of Ethics
The Associated Press on Libel
Public Relations Society of America: Member Code of Ethics 2000
Checklist for Revision/Grading
Symbol Sheet for Revision/Grading
Credits
Index

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