Features are more indepth than traditional news stories and go beyond providing the most important facts. This feature type focuses on a specific individuals character or lifestyle. It is the product ol tactual reporting and reporting to which are added story elements of. Feature writing caven masuku, gweru, zimbabwe introduction a good feature writer is neither wordy nor flowery. Feature writing is not concerned so much with formula as in the inverted pyramid structure of hard news writing as it is interested in impact. Background information identifying feature news articles with tips on how to write a feature news story. To evaluate the varied types of such information in feature writing.
According to a 1949 textbook on feature writing, the feature article is a. Writing an effective features article climate tracker. Simply drag your eraser across the line or text that youve written and the action that youve done will be erased. A read is counted each time someone views a publication summary such as the title, abstract, and list of authors, clicks on a figure, or views or downloads the fulltext.
For thursday, read chapter 1 of friedlander book, paying special attention to the 15 types of feature stories. However, unlike straight news articles, it places emphasis on the people involved rather than on the facts of the news. The gamut of subject matter and writing style employed by feature writers is nearly endless, as feature becomes an umbrella term for many literary structures. So here are two versions of the five types of feature intro. Explain the steps involved in writing feature, and. A feature story is any piece of writing that falls between the cutanddried news story on the one hand, and the w holly fictionalized story or opinionated essay 011 the other hand.
Profiles can be done on just about anyone interesting and newsworthy, whether its the local mayor or a rock star. This type is intended to help the reader feel like theyve gotten a window into someones life. Well look at the deadline news feature, the profile, the blt bright, light and tight, the explanatory feature and others. They often focus on one person or a group of people. Writer, subject, purpose, audience, and form the writing context few people enjoy writing so much that they do it just for fun. Having spread steadily over the centuries from clay tablets to computer chips, it is poised for further dramatic. Personality interviews are interesting because of the individual rather than the subject matter. Professional feature writing routledge communication. Types of feature stories in journalism study lecture notes.
Some other types of leads can be a quote lead, geographical description or historical background, narrative leads, etc. There are seven types of feature articles described on these pages. Types of distributions when comparing the speech sounds of a language, we can. On july 1, we attended the feature writing 101 workshop hosted by writers block philippines. Feature stories, on the other hand, are soft news because they are not as timely, not as swiftly reported. The four main writing styles which are commonly recognized are expository, descriptive, narrative, and persuasive. To conceive, report, write and revise several types of feature stories. So essays are a short piece of writing representing ones side of the argument or ones experiences, stories etc. Many feature stories focus on an issue as it impacts people. Feature leads, also called delayed leads, dont have to get all the important points into the first graf. Feature articles can take several grafs, usually no more than three or four, to lead the reader into the story, through the use of description, anecdote or by setting a scene. Did you know the word essay is derived from a latin word exagium, which roughly translates to presenting ones case. How to teach students to use all five senses to gather detail for a feature story.
Is there one kind of feature writing thats better than another. To teach the value of listening to the written word. The secret to writing stronger feature articles writers. To explore different models and devices for structuring stories. Later, when youve proved your worth, youll get more of your own ideas accepted. Here we will discuss in detail the different types of feature stories in journalism. True, very few newspapers would put a feature on the front page where a lead story ought to be although it has been known, but many writers would say that a lot. Most feature articles have elements of more than one kind. As well as this it is in the standard written form of. The secret to writing stronger feature articles by scott atkinson find the narrative tension hidden in your story, and you can turn a runofthemill assignment into the kind of feature piece that leaves editorsand readersclamoring for more. Also called streamofconsciousness writing, free writing is the pinnacle of creative writing.
It uses quotes liberally and allows the reader to see the story through detailed description and vivid writing. Please refer to this powerpoint presentation for better understanding on the subject matter. Feature writing you must combine the rigors of factual reporting with the creative freedom of shortstory writing 7. A nutgraph also spelled nutgraf is the paragraph that explains, in a nutshell, the point of a story. These descriptions are not exhaustive, nor are these the only genres of academic writing.
Feature writing think of the feature story as a news story written like a piece of short fiction 6. A unit that explores the writing of the feature story indepth and looks at the different types of feature stories profiles, backgrounders, etc. Allow strange words and images to find their way to the page. However, these are some of the most common expectations for these fairly common forms. The purpose of feature writing writing for strategic. This fifth edition offers a thorough and uptodate look at newspaper, magazine, newsletter, and online publications, with emphasis on daily newspapers and consumer magazines. A distinctive feature is a feature which, when changed, may create minimal pairs. Writing feature articles covenant university repository. The 4 main types of writing styles and how to use them as. Some editors dispute the emphasis on soft writing and refer to it as jello journalism.
If youre even luckier the work placement might lead to a staff job. A feature article is a creative article that deals with real events, issues, and trends. News story hard news stories move briskly through the five ws and the h, packing in just enough detail to give readers a clear picture of the news. Writing a feature article ppt file i help to study. A followup runs a day or more after the main news story and reports on results of earlier developments. Feature stories combine facts and opinion, with a focus on the human interest side of the story. Wherever possible, please buy and read all the texts referenced within. If you think this was useful, you may mark it as an answer to help those who. Open a notebook or an electronic document and just start writing.
So let us learn about types of essays, format, and tips for essaywriting. Feature writers have the extra time to complete background. Responsereection, summary, analysis, and persuasive argument. The personality profile is an article about an individual, and profiles are one of the staples of feature writing. The following information explains some of the expectations for four common genres of academic writing. Professional feature writing provides the basics of news media feature writing and establishes a solid foundation for students and writers making feature writing their career. While they can report news, the news content is not of primary. Students write a draft and a final paper as part of the unit. Most types of written work that fall into this category explain something in more detail, or provide insight and. However, literary journalism is only one type of feature writing. Before one starts crafting a feature article, he must master the nutty gritty of writing so that even the. This can be something specific that is very strong and leaves the reader with no doubt about what the feature is about. He is precise and straight to the point and is guided by the abc of journalism that is accuracy, balance and clarity.
If your objective is freelance feature writing, a staff job for a while will enable you to build a network of contacts. Antoine meillet writing has been with us for several thousand years, and nowadays is more important than ever. Guide to writing feature films 1 a guide to feature film writing a screenwriters workbook by j. Sometimes an event or object may inspire us to sit down and write just for the heck of it, without any sense of audience or purpose. We learned tips and tricks about feature writing to help us improve how we share stories on. A sidebar accompanies a hard news story and is written in a feature style. Informational interviews deal with an authority whose opinions on certain subjects, facts about things or comparison are of significant value. The men who invented and perfected writing were great linguists and it was they who created linguistics. This type of story has its basis upon timely news happening with a humaninterest angle is called a news feature often a news happening can be made much more interesting or newsworthy by writing it in a semifeature sort of thing.
Can be either an informational or a personal profile feature. To introduce and practice skills of interviewing for story as well as fact. Example phonology problem writing phonological rules 3 summary darrell larsen phonology. A sidebar runs next to the main story or elsewhere in the same edition, providing an audience with additional information on the same topic. Regarding your question about the undo button, the eraser could remove the actions that you want to be undone. Editors are looking for feature writers who have some kind of. Writing feature articles, fourth edition homestead. The writing context unmtaos english instructor handbook. Pdf on jan 1, 2006, olusola oyero and others published writing feature articles find, read and cite all the research you need on. Academic writing in english is linear, which means it has one central point or theme with every part contributing to the main line of argument, without digressions or repetitions. To analyze the connection between strong information and strong writing.285 872 636 1102 151 1212 372 27 250 563 1300 654 980 288 413 67 190 1374 610 1332 94 824 406 841 542 959 490 746 149 972 1340 870 440 55 1119 1374 524 359