James K.A. Smith: Writing a Good Article

Part Four of a six-part video conference series hosted by James K.A. Smith. November 9, 2015.


  1. James K.A. Smith hosted the fourth of six video conference sessions with student editors on November 9, 2015.
  2. Today's topic: How do you write a good article?
  3. Over 21 students and representatives joined us from 14 colleges!
  4. Question 1: What does an effective article accomplish? Smith: One or more of the following three things:
  5. The beauty of a magazine is that no one article needs to do all three.
  6. Question 2: Should each article have a particular audience in mind, and how will you know you're addressing them?
  7. Why picture a specific reader?
  8. In fact, Smith recommended going out and actually finding specific readers:
  9. Question 3: What are the most vital components of an effective article? Smith offered 6 points: