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Jour276: Feature Writing for

Newspapers and Magazines

"To be an artist means never to avert one's eyes" - Akira Kurosawa

PREREQ: JOUR175

Course objective: To learn how to write feature stories for newspapers and magazines.


Associate Professor Tony Rogers

Office: Rollins 125/Phone: 968-8165/E-mail: rogerstbucks@gmail.com


ADJUNCT INSTRUCTOR LANNY MORGNANESI

Ph: 215-968-6533 or 215-345-3075

e-mail: lannym7@gmail.com


 IMPORTANT LINKS

JOUR276 HYBRID COURSE SCHEDULE    CRITICAL THINKING EXERCISE

JOUR276 FACEBOOK PAGE   

ARTICLE Discussion worksheet

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT FEATURES WHAT TO PUT IN AND LEAVE OUT

FEATURE LEADS VS.
HARD NEWS LEADS

WRITING FEATURE LEADS

WHAT ARE FEATURE STORIES?

FIVE KEY INGREDIENTS FOR FEATURES

ASSIGNMENTS CALENDAR

 

CENTURION BASICS

EMAIL BASICS

CENTURION CODE OF CONDUCT

NEWSWRITING EXERCISES

ARTICLE REQUIREMENTS

LECTURES

ARTICLE GRADING STANDARDS

THINGS I REMEMBER AT GRADING TIME

AP STYLE QUIZZES

QUESTIONNAIRE

   

BOOKS AND MATERIALS:

Newswriting on Deadline, by Tony Rogers (buy it used online or at the bookstore and be sure to sell it back to them at the end of the semester.)

The Associated Press Stylebook and Libel Manual 

Carry a reporter's notepad with you at all times. You never know when you'll come across a good story. Also, use it for jotting down story ideas.


ABOUT.COM JOURNALISM

ABOUT.COM FEATURE WRITING


WRITING
You will write five major articles for this class. You will complete two drafts of each article. I will edit the first draft and return it to you, you will make whatever changes are needed and then give me your final draft. Your grade will be based on your final draft. You will also submit a final draft to the Centurion. However, you will write only one draft of the spot feature, which is due the day after the event you'll be covering, at a time to be determined by your instructor. 
 

There will also be regular in-class feature writing exercises. You are also required to write at least two articles for the Centurion during the course of the semester

All stories must follow AP style.
 

Feature stories by nature tend to be longer than hard news stories, typically a minimum of four to five pages as opposed to the two- or three-page pieces you did in Jour175.
 

E-mail all stories to your instructor and to the Centurion at centurion@bucks.edu

Since we hope to publish as many of these stories in the Centurion as possible, be thinking about visuals to accompany your story - photos, graphics, etc. See the Centurion editor if you need to borrow the digital camera.
 

 MAJOR WRITING ASSIGNMENTS

1. PROFILE

2. NEWS FEATURE

3. TREND STORY

4. SPOT FEATURE

5. LIVE-IN

 

 

 IN-CLASS WRITING EXERCISES

Airport 

 
 
 

READING, CRITIQUES, BLOGGING, ETC.
 

Since this is a feature writing class, you should be reading articles written by those who have mastered the form. Check my Articles page and the Writers to Read page. I recommend the Sunday New York Times magazine, the daily page one feature in the Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Newsweek, The Washington Post Style section, Rolling Stone
 

I will regularly give you feature stories to read. For every story you're assigned to read you must complete the ARTICLE discussion worksheet and enter your answers on one of the blogs below. Read your classmates' critiques on the blog and be prepared to discuss these stories in class. I consider class participation very important and expect EVERYONE to contribute to these discussions. Also, throughout the semester I will ask each of you to bring to class a feature story you particularly liked. I'll make copies of it and we'll discuss it in class.


ABSENCES, PLAGIARISM

ABSENCES: Unexcused absences quickly hurt your grade. If you miss class, it's up to YOU to contact me to find out what you missed.
 

LATE WORK: Deadlines are crucial in the news business. Miss a few in the real world and you'll be fired. I will lower your grade on late work.
 

COLLEGE PLAGIARISM POLICY


QUIZZES

 

QUIZZES: There will be weekly news quizzes. Read at least one newspaper daily or scan the AP wire.


EXTRA CREDIT, GRADES, ETC.

 

EXTRA CREDIT: You earn extra credit by writing as much as possible for the Centurion or some other local publication.
 

MENTORING: Students can earn extra credit spending a shift with a reporter or editor at the Bucks County Courier Times. See me if you want to do this.
 

GRADES: Your final grade will be based on writing assignments, quizzes, class participation and extra credit work. Writing assignments will count the most. You will write a minimum of 5,000 words for this class.
 


 WRITING TIPS

FEATURE LEADS VS. HARD NEWS LEADS

TWO TYPES OF NARRATIVE WRITING

So You Want to Be a Critic?

THE WRITING WORKSHOP

WILLIE'S NIGHTMARE

PRODUCING SERIAL NARRATIVES

NARRATIVE WRITING

FINDING STORY IDEAS

MORE ON SERIAL NARRATIVES

FINDING STORY IDEAS II

EVERY GOOD STORY STARTS WITH AN IDEA

25 UNIQUE PLACES TO FIND STORY IDEAS

WRITERS TO READ

 

 KEY LINKS

NEWS QUIZ

CALENDAR

MESSAGE BOARD

 

BLOG 1 BLOG 2

ARTICLE Discussion worksheet

CENTURION

Articles

Writer's Workshop

Writers to Read

 

NY TIMES 9/11 PORTRAITS