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There are several websites with good advice for aspiring feature writers:

Find tips from William E. Blundell, a master of the craft, at:

http://www.freep.com/jobspage/academy/blundell.htm

Read AP trainer Barbara Kingís advice about getting real people into stories at:

http://www.freep.com/jobspage/academy/king.htm

Leonard Pitts Jr. talks about writing from the heart at:

http://www.freep.com/jobspage/academy/pitts.htm

And finally, check out Peggy Walsh-Sarneckiís caution against overusing feature leads at:

http://www.freep.com/jobspage/academy/anecdote.htm

Many straight news stories can be rewritten in a feature-oriented style with a delayed lead. Log onto some hard-news websites, find some straight-news news stories and rewrite them. Even if you just turn a hard-news lead into a feature lead, itís good practice.

The major wire services, which make hard-newswriting their stock in trade, are a good place to start:

The Associated Press: http://wire.ap.org

Reuters: www.reuters.com

United Press International: www.upi.com


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