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Journalist's Craft: Writing Better Stories

Journalist's Craft: Writing Better Stories - 02 edition

Journalist's Craft: Writing Better Stories - 02 edition

ISBN13: 9781581152227

ISBN10: 1581152221

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 02
Copyright: 2002
Publisher: Allworth Press
International: No

ISBN13: 9781581152227

ISBN10: 1581152221

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 02

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This inspiring collection of 19 essays from veteran news writers explains how to weave storytelling skills into nonfiction narratives. Journalists of all backgrounds and levels of experience will discover dozens of exercises that have been tested successfully in newsrooms, workshops, and classrooms, and will cover everything from the fundamentals of reporting, writing and revising to more specialized elements like creating rhythm, cadence, and voice; employing dialogue and scene-building; and such devices as foreshadowing, symbols, and metaphors. Contributors are all veteran journalists, including Mark Bowden, author of Black Hawk Down, and several Pulitzer Prize-winners. This is the perfect guide for anyone who wants to take his or her writing skills to a more engaging, professional level.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Section I: The Writing Life

Breaking Out from the Herd Hugh A. Mulligan

Section II: Finding Good Stories

Testing Your Ideas: Ten Pre-Proposal Checks Amanda Bennett
Tammy Gaudette Wants Real Stories Ken Fuson
Are Plumbers News? What Makes a Story a Story? John Sweeney

Section III: Writing Nonfiction Narrative

The Narrative Tool Jon Franklin
Nonfiction Storytelling Mark Bowden
Narrative Writing Donald Drake

Section IV: Developing Your Craft

In Search of the Magic Bullet Richard Aregood
The Zen of Newswriting Lucille S. deView
Literary Theft: Taking Techniques from the Classics Lynn Franklin
Business Writing That Screams "Read Me!" Tom Silvestri
Managing the Murky Middle Carl Sessions Stepp
SpellCheck and Beyond: A Strategy for Revision John Sweeney

Section V: Working with Words

These Things We Can Count On Taylor Buckley
Speaking of Metaphor Jeanne Murray Walker
Rhythm's Cousin, Cadence Dennis Jackson
A "StyleCheck" for Your Writing Dennis Jackson
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