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WRITING PROJECTS

NOTE: This is a writing-intensive class; 70 percent of your grade is riding on writing assignments. If you are unsure about anything in these assignments, ask now! I award no extra points for your being the Lone Ranger.

Front-of-the-book pieces (2)

A front-of-the-book piece must be tailored to the target audience of the publication. It is short, perhaps as few as 150 words, but can be as many as 500 words.

For this assignment you will write two FOB pieces for a magazine of your choice. Before you begin writing:

Deadlines:

Examples:

You should find the examples in the publication you choose for this assigment.

Things I will grade:

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Feature

A feature is a magazine piece of 1,000 to 2,000 words. A feature can be:

Before you begin writing:

Deadlines:

Joel Sartore, National Geographic

Examples:

If you have a feature you especially like, bring it in to class so we can share it.

Things I will grade:

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Article

An article is a magazine work longer than 2,000 words. For this class, you will write an article of at least 3,000 words, with an upper limit of 5,000 words. The key to writing such a long piece is research, research, research. When you get down to the final polishing, you should be looking for places to trim your copy rather than pad it out.

Before you begin writing:

Deadlines:

Examples:

Chris McCandless, in front of the bus in which he died.

Things I will grade:

COMMUNICATION AND JOURNALISM 350 | UNIVERSITY OF ST. THOMAS | © 2010
INSTRUCTOR: Michael O’Donnell | mjodonnell@stthomas.edu | 651-962-5281