'As well as guides on how to report courts and councils, Newspaper Journalism offers tips on how to write both news stories and features and how to make and keep contacts. The tips are packed with real life examples from journalists working on provincial newspapers. A worthwhile read - and not just for the latest newshound to join the press pack' - www.HoldtheFrontPage.co.uk'This is lucid, lean and up-to-date introduction to newspaper journalism and how to do it' - Jane Taylor, The Surrey Institute of Art and DesignA practical introduction to journalism, and the broader context in which journalists operate, Newspaper Journalism covers the key elements and distinctive features that constitute good newspaper journalism. Engagingly written, the book is also a rich resource of real life examples, anecdotes, case studies and exercises.Susan Pape and Susan Featherstone have drawn on their considerable experience to provide a solid grounding in the principles and practice of newspaper journalism. The resulting book recognises the needs of the profession and those seeking to enter it.


‘I don't understand it. What can there be in a simple little story like that to make people praise it so?’ she said, quite bewildered. There is truth in it Jo, that's the secret; humour and pathos make it alive and you have found your style at last.'

Louisa M.Alcott, Good Wives (1983: 246)

This chapter:

  • looks at some of the differences between news and features
  • examines categories of features and considers the differences between them
  • highlights the various styles used in the writing of features.

Many trainee reporters feel that feature writing is not for them. Instead, they prefer the cut and thrust of news.

One colleague, when she was in her 20s and working as a news reporter on a regional daily, viewed the features staff as generally male, ...

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