Writing Feature Stories is the second edition of the bestselling classic writing guide on how to research and write from listicles to long form. For this edition, Matthew Ricketson has teamed up with fellow journalism academic Caroline Graham. The new version was completely overhauled to reflect the changes in media and online publishing.
As to be expected, the book is well written and includes many stellar examples of different types of articles written by well-known journalists and writers. The book covers the following topics:
Creating stories for the full range of media forms
Generating fresh story ideas
Gathering information, whether factual or personal
Finding the most interesting way to tell the story
Writing the story
Pitching your story, working with editors and getting it published
If you are a fan of infographics then you will enjoy the handy visual templates for writing a profile feature, the ultimate guide to reviewing (covering films, books, music and other products) and writing and structuring a column. I would love to be able to print these out and hang them over my desk.
The book is packed full of first-hand experience and practical advice like 'ask your heroes the same tough questions you ask your villains' when interviewing. There is a useful glossary of terms at the back and a list of the best reference books on writing to add to your library.
Writing Feature Stories is an indispensable hands-on guide packed with practical examples and essential for anyone who writes articles, not just journalism students. Matthew and Caroline have created a fantastic resource which combines both of their experiences in journalism and teaching – their passion for the subject matter shines throughout.
Matthew Ricketson is Professor of Journalism at the University of Canberra and has worked as a journalist at The Age, The Australian and Time Australia magazine. He is the author of Telling True Stories and editor of Australian Journalism Today.
Caroline Graham is a journalism lecturer at Bond University. She worked at The Daily Mercury, has written for Traveller's Map and 2020 Magazine, and has coordinated interactive data journalism projects for Crikey and The Guardian Australia.