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Feature Writing and Reporting
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Feature Writing and Reporting
Journalism in the Digital Age

First Edition


August 2020 | 368 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
This new text offers a fresh look at feature writing and reporting in the 21st century. Award-winning professor and author Jennifer Brannock Cox teaches students the fundamentals of feature writing and reporting while emphasizing the skills and tools needed to be successful in the digital era. Packed with the best samples of feature writing today, this practical text gives students ample opportunity to practice their writing as they build a portfolio of work for their future careers. Special attention on new multimedia and online reporting prepares readers for success in a rapidly changing media landscape.


 
I. BEYOND THE Ws -- CONCEPTS AND CONSIDERATIONS
 
1. Feature Storytelling in the Digital Age
 
2. Concepts for Practicing Feature Storytelling
 
3. Feature Storytelling Structure
 
4. Feature Story Interviewing
 
5. Feature Storytelling Ethics in the Digital Age
 
II. GOING DEEPER WITH FOCUSED REPORTING & WRITING
 
6. Immersion Journalism
 
7. Community/Citizen Journalism
 
8. Solutions Journalism
 
III. MULTIMEDIA FOR THE PRINT/ONLINE JOURNALIST
 
9. Photojournalism
 
10. Audio & Video Storytelling Online
 
11. Multimedia Storytelling Tools for the Digital Age

“This is the feature writing textbook that I've been waiting for. It is current in its trends, concepts, and technology as they pertain to feature news brainstorming, news gathering, and writing.”

Robert Nanney
The University of Tennessee at Martin

“This is the most up-to-date book I have seen on the full range of storytelling practices and it is thoughtfully grounded in the idea of recapturing the respect and attention of 21st-century audiences who have wandered away from journalism.”

Robert Rabe
Marshall University

“Cox has written a guerrilla textbook for the new age of journalism, enabling novice journalists with an array of tactics and strategies to use technology to tell stories in more effective, practical, and exciting ways.”

Andrea Greenbaum
Barry University

“This text provides a logical flow, giving students the opportunity to understand the basics in newswriting in this digital age. It provides content on concepts, ethics, story structure, and techniques for storytelling in ways that students can become intrigued in learning about them. As a technology savvy generation, my students would be more engaged when we go through each chapter together in class.”

Emmanuel K. Ngwainmbi
University of North Carolina, Charlotte

“This text provides a modern approach to feature writing and covers how to use social media to tell stories. One of its biggest strengths is that it features tips and advice from some of the best feature writers in the industry.”

Daniel Sipocz
Berry College

“This text is a creative, well-written exploration of feature writing principles and practices for our changing digital and social media-saturated media landscape. Students, professors, and journalists alike will find it compelling, instructive, and insightful.”

Farooq A. Kperogi
Kennesaw State University

“This text combines the best advice on developing features with the contemporary tools we have as writers at our disposal today. Well written and thoughtful, this text shows students how and why they should work as writers in the digital age.”

Sarah Duerden
Arizona State University

“This textbook examines what it’s like to be, and how to be, a feature writer in the digital age.”

Christina C. Smith
Georgia College and State University
Key features
KEY FEATURES:
  • Coverage of innovative reporting strategies for feature storytelling allows instructors to go beyond traditional writing methods and teach such concepts as immersion, community, and solutions journalism.
  • Diving In sections introduce readers to forthcoming topics with stories of journalists in the field and explanations of why the topics matter in the digital age.
  • Helpful Hints boxes provide students with quick tips and easy takeaways to improve their writing.
  • Words with Pros boxes present short interviews with today’s most innovative editors and reporters.
  • From the Field boxes showcase short articles about journalism educators, reporters, and media companies, along with explanations of best practices and advice from expert journalists around the world.
  • The Whole Story boxes offer examples of full-length articles with annotated commentary to help students understand writing techniques.
  • Chapter-concluding Takeaways identify for students the key content they should retain after completing their reading.

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