Write to Publish: Writing feature articles for magazines, newspapers, and corporate and community publications

Write to Publish: Writing feature articles for magazines, newspapers, and corporate and community publications

Vin Maskell

Language: English

Pages: 216

ISBN: 1864489987

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


A handy guide for freelancers and novice journalists to writing feature articles.

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your own observations. Remember, your research—the kind and amount—will be determined by the type of feature article you’re doing. What’s common to all features is that you start by writing down your thoughts on the topic. You can call this a predraft, if you like. It helps you to sort out your thinking—you ask yourself questions, highlight facts that need checking and identify gaps in your knowledge that need filling. Mary Ryllis Clark read history at London University and worked in

fishing—you’re the angler casting out for answers and hoping to reel in some good material for your story: factual information; quotes that give character to a story; and anecdotes, those little stories which often strike a chord with readers. Interviews can be conducted personally (face to face), over the phone, via the fax or through e-mail. This chapter deals mainly with interviewing face to face. Background briefing The key to a good interview is preparation. It is a matter of

every word of every article that comes across their desks. Most readers prefer to browse before reading a complete story and need a strong opening to be drawn past the pictures and advertisements, and into your story. It doesn’t take long to turn the page and move onto another article, another topic. How, then, to write the start of the story? You have at your disposal all that you’ve gathered in research: facts, figures, quotes, little stories, observations, questions, ruminations, phrases and

extreme terms when reviewing. Can I defame someone on-line, on the Internet? Very much so. The Internet is just another form of publication. The complications are mainly to do with legal jurisdictions. It’s such an instantaneous form of communication and the publisher (which could be the writer or the Internet Service Provider—that’s a grey area) has little control of where the material goes. If material is picked up overseas it may break defamation laws of those countries. Can dead people, or

story The lead Titles Precedes Endings Summary Exercises 11 Adding value to your story Sidebars Postscripts Quizzes Photographs Series Summary Exercises 12 Presenting and selling your work Query letters A successful query letter Following up the query letter Changing focus midstream Presenting query letters and articles Rejections Regular work Selling a story more than once Negotiating payment Summary Exercises 13 You are a published writer The importance of subediting

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