The validity and craft of write-around celebrity magazine profiles
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[ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT AUTHOR'S REQUEST.] The purpose of this research is to discover the tools writers use to construct realistic profiles of celebrities whom have not consented to an interview. The research analyzes seven magazine articles and includes interviews with three prominent writers. By means of textual analysis and semi-structured, in-depth interviews, the researcher examines how reporting and literary techniques allow writers to craft realistic portraits of celebrities. The Social Construction of Reality Theory shows how the studied articles employ the basic understandings of how humans understand "reality" so that what has not been actually lived can still be conveyed through the written word. The result of this research shows that writers rely on common reporting techniques, such as immersion, secondary sourcing, and seeking out interviews with nonsubject primary sources, as well as literary devices such as scene construction, dialogue, and character development, to craft profiles that are realistic despite lacking in main subject participation.