America’s Best Newspaper Writing: Feature and Profile Writing

By Stuart Jones

Image courtesy of journalism.berkeley.edu

Cynthia Gorney writes her profile piece with solid base research, thorough reporting and even wrote it in a way that reflects the voice and genius of her profile subject Dr. Seuss. Gorney exhibits tip number nine because at an early age of 26 she already had a wide collection of writing that got her the ASNE award. Jim Sheeler of the Rocky Mountain News in his story called “Final Salute (part 1)” he places the reader right on the tarmac of the runway. His story is about how families cope with losing loved ones in war. The use of detail in this story reflects the precision of the Marines who were lost and the ones receiving the casket. It’s impressive to see how well Sheeler must have gotten to know the subjects of this profile because there is so much detail and emotion present. Read the Pulitzer Prize winning stories here http://www.pulitzer.org/archives/7007.

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