Category Archives: Magazine Writing (COM 307)

Snakes, interviewing, finding news and other slippery topics

IMG_7719Today in Magazine Writing class we’re going to talk about the immensity of the World Wide Web, the importance of including news even in feature stories, and conducting interviews.

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How to write profiles

IMG_8468Today in magazine writing class we are going to talk about people profiles. Tips are below. Feel free to send in your suggestions.

A profile isn’t a biography. It isn’t a recounting of a person’s work history. It’s a story about some interesting aspect of a person’s life.

When choosing a profile subject, do not pick a friend, co-worker, boss or a family member because that is a conflict of interest.

Key elements of a profile include:

  • An interesting lead. You need to hook the reader right away. Try to capture the reader’s attention and then keep it.
  • Lively quotes. The reader needs to know you were there. You interviewed your subject. This isn’t some second-hand story taken from a press release or a web site. Continue reading