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Wednesday 8 November 2023

CityLit - Week 2 Assignment

CityLit - Writing for Magazines - Week 2

Week 2 - 'Classroom'

For the 'live' session this Tuesday evening (17:30 - 19:30), we shared ideas and information on the magazine(s) that each one of us would like to write for. We were divided into 'breakout' groups to discuss each other's magazine(s) in more detail.

Week 2 Assignment

This week, our assignment is to write a 'pitch' to the magazine editor of our choice. This is a pitch for our 'idea' for a feature article for this magazine(s).

My idea is about the happiness that owning a dog can bring to its owner.

I plan to write this article for two publications: 'Dogs Today' and 'Psychology Today' magazines.

Today, I've been researching academic papers and research into (the science of) happiness and owning a dog. I've also been saving some papers/documents and websites for later use.

At some point, I think I'm going to need to interview some dog owners about the happiness that their dog(s) bring to them. My proposed interviewees will be:

  • Janet and her three dogs.
  • Mark and his dog Rosco.
  • Bodie and his two 'assistance' dogs Curly and Rex.

I plan to edit my 'pitch' tomorrow.

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