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Lecture 5 writing a news feature


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Lecture 5 writing a news feature

  1. 1. News features Notes by Vinita Srivastava
  2. 2. A news feature: <ul><li>Explores an issue </li></ul><ul><li>Tells a complete story </li></ul><ul><li>Provides research, and facts </li></ul><ul><li>Goes beyond a single event </li></ul><ul><li>Uses the writer as witness </li></ul>
  3. 3. A good news feature includes: <ul><li>Characters </li></ul><ul><li>Descriptions </li></ul><ul><li>Interviews </li></ul>
  4. 4. The logical process. <ul><li>Come up with Story Idea </li></ul><ul><li>Outline the logical steps </li></ul><ul><li>Create a Draft </li></ul><ul><li>Edit and Polish </li></ul>
  5. 5. Your Style Choices? <ul><li>Inverted pyramid </li></ul><ul><li>Chronological </li></ul><ul><li>The lead and nut graph </li></ul><ul><li>Anecdotes </li></ul><ul><li>The hour glass (news, story narrative, news). </li></ul>
  6. 6. Your news feature must have: <ul><li>An interesting lead </li></ul><ul><li>A beginning, middle and an end </li></ul><ul><li>A good concluding graph </li></ul><ul><li>Focus </li></ul>
  7. 7. Before you start writing: <ul><li>Research your idea </li></ul><ul><li>Get a clear idea of your topic and angle </li></ul><ul><li>Create one clear, concise statement that sums up the story you want to tell </li></ul>
  8. 8. Create an outline <ul><li>Remember your focus: statement of the story you want to tell </li></ul><ul><li>Brainstorm the different angles, or ways the story can be told </li></ul><ul><li>Chose one of the angles </li></ul>
  9. 9. Chose an angle: <ul><li>Limited </li></ul><ul><li>Clearly focused </li></ul><ul><li>A conflict </li></ul><ul><li>Make it about People </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>Go on location </li></ul><ul><li>Humanize the story </li></ul><ul><li>Find a unique angle </li></ul>Reporting - Keep it Real:
  11. 11. Writing: <ul><li>Don’t bury the lead! </li></ul><ul><li>Your most surprising fact </li></ul><ul><li>Save something for your ending </li></ul><ul><li>Connect the end to introduction </li></ul>
  12. 12. Follow your outline and add: <ul><li>Quotes </li></ul><ul><li>Facts and numbers </li></ul><ul><li>Reporting </li></ul><ul><li>Observations </li></ul><ul><li>Lead and or nut graph </li></ul><ul><li>Conclusion </li></ul>
  13. 13. Polish and Edit <ul><li>Re read your story at least three times </li></ul><ul><li>Ask someone else to read it </li></ul><ul><li>Use your CP stylebook </li></ul><ul><li>Check your tenses </li></ul><ul><li>No first person </li></ul><ul><li>One idea per paragraph </li></ul>
  14. 14. Also check for: <ul><li>Flow </li></ul><ul><li>Fairness </li></ul><ul><li>Facts </li></ul>
  15. 15. Example of inverted pyramid <ul><li>Some boos at graduation after judge bars prayer </li></ul><ul><li>Associated Press/ May 21, 2001 </li></ul><ul><li>WASHINGTON, Ill. -- A top student who gave a traditional farewell speech at a high school graduation was booed and another student was applauded for holding a moment of silence after a judge barred prayer at the ceremony. </li></ul><ul><li>A federal judge issued a restraining order days before Sunday's ceremony at Washington Community High School blocking any student-led prayer. It was the first time in the 80-year history of the school that no graduation prayers were said. </li></ul><ul><li>Natasha Appenheimer, the class valedictorian, traditionally a top student chosen to give the class graduation speech, was booed when she received her diploma. Her family, backed by the American Civil Liberties Union, had filed the lawsuit that led to the restraining order. Meanwhile, some stood and applauded class speaker Ryan Brown when he bowed his head for a moment of silence before his speech. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Example of a feature approach <ul><li>School Ceremony Downstate Under U.S. Court Order </li></ul><ul><li>By John Chase, Chicago Tribune, May 21, 2001 </li></ul><ul><li>WASHINGTON, Ill. -- It was not the words graduating senior Ryan Brown spoke at Washington Community High School commencement services on Sunday that resonated in this small town just outside of Peoria. </li></ul><ul><li>It was what he did before he spoke. </li></ul><ul><li>Walking to the podium inside the gymnasium as a scheduled speaker, Brown paused, stepped to the side of the stage, folded his hands and bowed his head in a silent prayer. The gymnasium crowd of more than 1,000 students and adults erupted in cheers, with some standing to applaud while others blew air horns in celebration. </li></ul><ul><li>For the first time in this school's 80-year history, no prayer was heard publicly during graduation services, following a federal judge's ruling last week prohibiting it after the class valedictorian, Natasha Appenheimer, and her family obtained a temporary restraining order against the public school district. </li></ul>