Good Writing for Journalists: Narrative, Style, Structure

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Angela Phillips

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  • Part I: Thinking about Writing

    Part II: Examples of Great Writing

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    Acknowledgements

    My biggest thanks go to the writers who have donated their work. Without them, there would be no book. Everyone I contacted gave without hesitation and without pre-condition. Thanks also to the editors who gave me their time to talk about writing: Ian Katz and Claire Armistead, of the Guardian, Ian Jack of Granta, Hilly Janes from Times 2, Mary Hadar from the Washington Post, Marcelle D'Argy Smith from her experience at Cosmopolitan, Dylan Jones from GQ and all the very many journalists who have visited Goldsmiths to talk to my students about their work. Thank you also to the friends, colleagues and students who have read and commented on the early drafts: Judy Holland, Tony Dowmunt, Ellie Levenson, Reva Klein, Laura Deeley and my daughter Rachel Sturrock.

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    Lloyd, A. (2005) ‘Earthquake survivor lay buried for 27 days’, The Times, 18 November, p. 3.
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    Examples of Good Writing
    Banks Smith, N. (1997) The funeral of Diana: trail of tears', Guardian (TV Review), 8 September, p. 12.
    Barnes, S. (2005) ‘Gone in 50 seconds, back in six minutes’, The Times, 26 May.
    Bennett, C. (2005) ‘Pay more, worry less? Not after Sudan 1’, Guardian, 24 February.
    Brockes, E. (2001) ‘Call me sergeant’, Guardian (G2), 13 December.
    Brooks, L. (1999) ‘Private lives’, Guardian (G2), 14 May.
    Burkeman, O. (2004) ‘The fatal step’, Guardian, 5 August.
    Cusk, R. (2005) ‘Sweetness and lights’, Vogue, January.
    D'Argy Smith, M. (1984) ‘When a lovely flame dies’, Cosmopolitan, May.
    Frere-Jones, S. (2004) ‘1979: the year punk died, and was reborn’, New Yorker, 1 November.
    Gelhorn, M. (1944) ‘Visit Italy’, Colliers magazine, February 1944. Republished in Gelhorn, M. (1986) The Face of War. London: Virago.
    Heller, Z. (1993) ‘The little emperor’, Independent on Sunday (Sunday Review) 31 October.
    Johnson, B. (2004) ‘Go forth and multiply’, GQ, March, p. 174.
    Lloyd, A. (2004) ‘Kalashnikov matriarch emerges to tell of her life as an Afghan warlord’, The Times (London), 21 October.
    Meek, J. (2004) ‘The £10bn rail crash’, Guardian, 1 April.
    Packer, G. (2003) ‘Gansta war’, New Yorker, 3 November.
    Roberts, Y. (2006) ‘Focus: Cannabis psychosis - off your head?’, The Observer, 19 February.
    Steavenson, W. (2004) ‘Osama's war: on getting to know an Iraqi terrorist’, Granta, No. 87, September.
    Surowieki, J. (2005) ‘Hello, Cleveland’, New Yorker (Financial page), 16 May.
    Wainwright, M. (2005) ‘Villagers clean up after flash floods’, Guardian, 21 June.
    Winner, L. (1970) The odyssey of Captain Beefheart', Rolling Stone, 14 May.
    Younge, G. (2000) ‘This is not racism, it's polities’, Guardian, 20 April.
    Younge, G. (2002) ‘Terms of abuse’, Guardian, 25 February.

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