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Subject details

At the completion of this subject students will be able to:

  1. identify and apply magazine feature writing techniques, structures and styles appropriate to a variety of publications and readerships
  2. identify and research original ideas for magazine features and develop them for different readerships and markets
  3. present effective arguments to editors and publishers in favour of publication
  4. conduct interviews and deploy interview material in feature articles
  5. analyse a range of publications and identify the ways they both reflect and influence public disdegree.
  • Topics

    • Magazines, culture and society
    • Power and influence
    • Turning an idea into a story
    • Interviewing techniques
    • Writing introductions
    • Public intellectualism and social networking
    • Developing your argument
    • Using interview material
    • Self-editing
    • Niche and grassroots magazines
    • Understanding the market
  • Study resources

    • Instructional Methods

      • Audio/Video conferencing
      • Blog
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Embedded Multimedia
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Leacture capture
      • Standard Media
      • Streaming Multimedia
      • Web links
      • Wikis

Entry Requirements


Note: Level 2 subjects normally assume an introductory level of prior knowledge in this area, e.g. from studying related Level 1 subjects or other relevant experience.

Special requirements

  • EquipmentDetails - Audio/Visual equipment

This subject deals with the social and cultural context of magazine production, the international nature of the market place and the structure and characteristics of magazine feature writing. It examines the source of ideas, and their generation and development into stories, and explores basic feature forms, styles, structures and content. The subject will develop practical writing skills with special attention to publication style and the ability to write for different markets.

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  • Short feature article (20%)
  • Feature proposal & article (60%)
  • Critical analysis (20%)

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