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Preface; Part I. News and Follow-Ups. 1. Telling stories: turning news into features Susie Eisenhuth; 2. Michael Southwell 'Toxic Fallout near Alcoa', West Australian, 22 September, 2001, 'Cancer Secret', West Australian, 29 November, 2001, 'Alcoa Told of Health Issues', West Australian, 24 May 2002; 3. Robert Fisk, 'Is This Some Kind of Crusade?' Independent On Sunday,18 May, 1997, Interview with Robert Fisk; 4. David Marr and Marian Wilkinson, 'They Shall Not Land', Sydney Morning Herald, 20 October 2001, Interview with David Marr; 5. News and follow-up review: Discussion question and further reading; Part II.: New Journalism and its Legacy: 6. Introduction Susie Eisenhuth; 7. Joan Didion, 'Some Dreamers of the Golden Dream' from Slouching Towards Bethlehem, 1966; 8. Barry Siegel, 'A Father's Pain, A Judge's Duty', Los Angeles Times, 30 December, 2001, Interview with Barry Siegel; 9. New Journalism and its Legacy Review: Discussion question and further reading; Part III.: Profiles:10. Introduction Susie Eisenhuth;11 Greg Bearup, 'The Beak Wore Beads', Sydney Morning Herald, 4 May 2002, Interview with Greg Bearup;12. Tony Squires, 'Good Sport', Sydney Morning Herald, 4 May, 2002;13. Profiles review: Discussion question and further reading; Part IV.: Investigations. 14. Introduction Susie Eisenhuth; 15. Jessica Mitford, 'Let us now appraise famous writers', 1957;16. Malcolm Knox, 'Her life as a fake: Bestseller's lies exposed' Sydney Morning Herald, 24 July, 2004. Interview with Malcolm Knox; 17. Investigations review: Discussion questions and further reading; Part V. Essays: 18. Introduction: Turning personal stories into reflective writing - Willa McDonald; 19. John Birmingham, 'S11', 2000. Interview - John Birmingham; 20. Arundhati Roy, War Talk: Summer Games with Nuclear Bombs, 2003; 21. David Sedaris, 'Today's Special', 2001; 22. Essays review: Discussion questions & further reading; Part VI. Memoir: 22. Introduction - Examining the writer's own life - Willa McDonald; 23. Kathy Evans, 'Tuesday's Child', 2003; 24. Helen Garner, 'The Violet Jacket', 1993, Interview - Helen Garner; 25. Mark Mordue, 'Pissing in the Wind', 2004; 26. Memoir review: Discussion questions and further reading; Part VII. Writing about Place; 27. Introduction - Placing readers in the world - Willa McDonald; 28. Ashley Hay, 'Ultramarine', 2003. Interview - Ashley Hay; 29. Annie Dillard, 'Total Eclipse', 1982; 30. Writing about place review: Discussion questions and further reading; Part Eight: Travel Writing. 31. Introduction - Taking to the road to learn about ourselves - Willa McDonald; 32. Pico Iyer, 'The Khareef', 2004, Interview - Pico Iyer; 33. Travel writing review: Discussion questions and further reading; Endnotes; Sources.

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Top writers and journalists talk frankly about how they approach writing in this new collection.

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Susie Eisenhuth is a lecturer in Journalism at the University of Technology, Sydney. Willa McDonald is a Lecturer in Media and Writing at Macquarie University.

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