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Feature Writing

Feature Writing
A Practical Introduction

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March 2006 | 176 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

This book provides a practical and richly informative introduction to feature writing and the broader context in which features journalists operate. As well as covering the key elements and distinctive features that constitute good feature writing, the book also offers a rich resource of real life examples, case studies and exercises.

The authors have drawn on their considerable shared experience to provide a solid and engaging grounding in the principles and practice of feature writing. The textbook will explore the possibilities of feature writing, including essential basics, such as:

  • Why journalists become feature writers
  • The difference between news stories and features
  • What features need to contain
  • How to write features
  • The different types of features

 The text is intended for both those who are studying the media at degree level and those who are wishing to embark on a career in the print industry. It will be invaluable for trainee feature writers.

What is a feature?
Sourcing the feature
What features should contain
The difference between news and features
Language and structure
Different types of features
Writing personal columns
Writing reviews
Specialist features
Commissioning features
Why feature writers become feature writers

Students have enjoyed exploring the techniques in producing different types of editorial content, as detailed within this book. The publication has proved particularly effective in the first year.

Ms Sarah Cooper
Faculty of Creative Technologies, Leeds Metropolitan University
June 18, 2015

This book is a great teaching tool, and it will be used as an essential reading material.

Dr Martina Topic
Leeds Business School, Leeds Beckett University
February 3, 2015

This highly readable book has a wide appeal including to those on pre-university courses relating to journalism. It covers interview techniques and a range of writing skills which are invaluable to budding journalists. Library copies are already on order and I will recommend this book to my students.

Ms Ruth Charlton
Media & Print, Leeds City College
July 12, 2011

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