Writing Feature Stories

How to research and write newspaper and magazine articles

Matthew Ricketson
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A practical guide to all aspects of feature writing for journalists and freelance writers.

'To write, we must read. To write well, we must study the best. Matthew Ricketson has done that distilling essentials of the craft into a practical text equally valuable to the learner and the practising professional.' - Andrew Rule, Walkley Award-winning journalist

'Matthew Ricketson's book is both useful and thought provoking. For the young reporter struggling to write features, it provides a good basic primer. For those interested in pushing the boundaries of the journalistic form, it provides encouragement and provocation.' - Margaret Simons, award-winning journalist and author of Meeting of the Waters

More feature stories are being published in newspapers and magazines than ever before, ranging from lifestyle spreads about the search for the perfect chocolate mud cake to investigative series about the illegal trade in wildlife. Feature stories offer journalists the chance to move beyond conventional news reporting and write more creatively.

Written by an experienced journalist and teacher, this practical guide shows how to write both elementary and more sophisticated feature stories. It explains how to:

* generate fresh ideas

* organise your time efficiently

* gather factual and personal information

* sift and sort raw material

* find the best way to tell the story

* write the story

* edit and proofread your work

* work with editors.

Matthew Ricketson has worked as a journalist since 1981 with The Age, The Australian and Time Australia. He has won several awards, including a United Nations Media Peace Prize citation and the George MunsterAward. He freelances for various publications and comments regularly on radio about media issues. A senior lecturer at RMIT, he has run the Journalism program there since 1995. His biography, Paul Jennings: The boy in the story is always me' was published in 2000.

Author bio:

Matthew Ricketson has been a journalist since 1981, and worked on staff at The Age, The Australian and Time Australia. He is now head of Journalism at RMIT, and continues to write for major newspapers on a regular basis. He has won several awards, including the George Munster prize for best freelance journalism. In 2000 he published a biography of children's author, Paul Jennings (Penguin).

Category: Media & communication studies
ISBN: 9781865087320
Table Of Contents: Introduction

1 What Exactly Is A Feature Story?

2 The Variety of Feature Stories

3 Crossing the Bridge from Media Consumer to Media Practitioner

4 Generating Fresh Story Ideas

5 Spend Half an Hour Planning Now, Save Half a day Later

This man raped two little girls

The story behind the story: Pamela Bone

6 Gathering the Raw Material

7 The Subtle and Slippery Art of Interviewing

8 Seeing Things For Yourself

The Passion of John Marsden

The story behind the story: David Brearley

9 Finding the Right Structure for the Story

10 Leads, Closes and that Big Lump in the Middle

11 Wordcraft

Pol Pot Park

The story behind the story: Kimina Lyall

12 Editing Your Story and Working With Editors

13 Looking Ahead to Literary Journalism

Hope Lives Here

The story behind the story: Garry Linnell


Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Imprint: Allen & Unwin
Pub Date: March 2004
Page Extent: 304
Format: Paperback - C format
Subject: Media studies

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