Tag Archives: magazine writing

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

COM 307: Assignment #3

Your third writing assignment is to write a how-to story. The assignment is due Feb. 22. Elements of a how-to story, guidelines and tips are below.
You may write your how-to story about any topic you wish, well, almost any topic. Please do not write stories telling people how to do things that are illegal. There is already plenty of that on the Web.
So please do not promote anything that is illegal or offensive. Try to think of a how-to story that will help – and even entertain – your readers.
Be original. Come up with a story that is creative and unusual. That will help your piece stand out from the tens of thousands of how-to stories that are already on the Web. Continue reading