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How to Write Special Feature

How to Write Special Feature

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Published by Saeed Ahmed Shaikh
For journalists, free-lance reporter, authors, students
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How To Write Special FeatureArticles
The Project Gutenberg EBook of How To Write Special Feature Articlesby Willard Grosvenor Bleyer This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhereat no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it,give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg Licenseincluded with this eBook or online at www.gutenberg.netTitle: How To Write Special Feature Articles A Handbook for Reporters,Correspondents and Free-Lance Writers Who Desire to Contribute toPopular Magazines and Magazine Sections of NewspapersAuthor: Willard Grosvenor BleyerRelease Date: April 26, 2005 [EBook #15718]Language: EnglishCharacter set encoding: ISO-8859-1*** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK HOW TOWRITE SPECIAL FEATURE ***Produced by Audrey Longhurst, Charlene Taylor and the OnlineDistributed Proofreading Team at http://www.pgdp.netHOW TO WRITE SPECIAL FEATURE ARTICLESA HANDBOOK FOR REPORTERS, CORRESPONDENTS ANDFREE-LANCE WRITERS WHO DESIRE TO CONTRIBUTE TOPOPULAR MAGAZINES AND MAGAZINE SECTIONS OFNEWSPAPERS
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BYWILLARD GROSVENOR BLEYER, PH.D._Author of "Newspaper Writing and Editing," and "Types of NewsWriting"; Director of the Course in Journalism in the University of Wisconsin_BOSTON, NEW YORK, CHICAGO, SAN FRANCISCOHOUGHTON MIFFLIN COMPANYThe Riverside Press CambridgeThe Riverside Press CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS PRINTED INTHE U.S.A.PREFACEThis book is the result of twelve years' experience in teaching universitystudents to write special feature articles for newspapers and popularmagazines. By applying the methods outlined in the following pages,young men and women have been able to prepare articles that have beenaccepted by many newspaper and magazine editors. The success that thesestudents have achieved leads the author to believe that others who desire towrite special articles may be aided by the suggestions given in this book.Although innumerable books on short-story writing have been published,no attempt has hitherto been made to discuss in detail the writing of specialfeature articles. In the absence of any generally accepted method of approach to the subject, it has been necessary to work out a systematicclassification of the various types of articles and of the different kinds of titles, beginnings, and similar details, as well as to supply names by whichto identify them.
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A careful analysis of current practice in the writing of special feature storiesand popular magazine articles is the basis of the methods presented. In thisanalysis an effort has been made to show the application of the principles of composition to the writing of articles. Examples taken from representativenewspapers and magazines are freely used to illustrate the methodsdiscussed. To encourage students to analyze typical articles, the second partof the book is devoted to a collection of newspaper and magazine articles of various types, with an outline for the analysis of them.Particular emphasis is placed on methods of popularizing such knowledgeas is not available to the general reader. This has been done in the belief that it is important for the average person to know of the progress that isbeing made in every field of human endeavor, in order that he may, if possible, apply the results to his own affairs. The problem, therefore, is toshow aspiring writers how to present discoveries, inventions, new methods,and every significant advance in knowledge, in an accurate and attractiveform.To train students to write articles for newspapers and popular magazinesmay, perhaps, be regarded by some college instructors in composition as anundertaking scarcely worth their while. They would doubtless prefer toencourage their students to write what is commonly called "literature." Thefact remains, nevertheless, that the average undergraduate cannot writeanything that approximates literature, whereas experience has shown thatmany students can write acceptable popular articles. Moreover, since theoverwhelming majority of Americans read only newspapers and magazines,it is by no means an unimportant task for our universities to train writers tosupply the steady demand for well-written articles. The late Walter HinesPage, founder of the _World's Work_ and former editor of the
Atlantic Monthly
, presented the whole situation effectively in an article on "TheWriter and the University," when he wrote:The journeymen writers write almost all that almost all Americans read.This is a fact that we love to fool ourselves about. We talk about"literature" and we talk about "hack writers," implying that the reading thatwe do is of literature. The truth all the while is, we read little else than the
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