Lisa Byerley Gary
The idea of being able to tell a story — especially someone else’s story — captures the imagination of many students and would-be journalists.
And that’s what feature writing is — telling someone else’s story.
But feature writing also means reporting and writing like a journalist. Feature writers must gather information and sift through that information, finding just the right set of facts and words to convey their stories accurately and clearly.
Feature Writing presents the basic concepts and techniques of feature writing for students who want to explore this vital part of journalism. It is brief and designed to be highly accessible to the beginning student.
The book also contains a bonus chapter on the First Amendment.
The author is Lisa Byerley Gary, a professional writer, former newspaper editor, and lecturer in the School of Journalism and Electronic Media at the University of Tennessee.
Table of Contents
Tennessee Journalism Series 5
Introduction to Feature Writing 7
Feature Writing 9
Read with a purpose 9
The Lead 11
Quotes vs. Paraphrase 13
Literary devices 15
Non-traditional Paragraph Structure 16
The End 17
Alternative leads 18
Holding interest 20
Story types 26
Place/Travel features 26
Trend, Science and Medical features 27
News features 29
Sports features 30
Profiles, Personality features 31
In-depth Analysis 32
BONUS CHAPTER: The First Amendment 38
The politics of the First Amendment 53
The First Amendment in the 19th and early 20th centuries 55
Timeline of First Amendment events of the 19th century 61
The author 63
Tennessee Journalism Series 64
The First Amendment 65
Introduction to Journalism 66
Reporting: An Introduction 67
Photojournalism: Telling Stories with Pictures and Words 68
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