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Feature writing

  1. 1. Rida Munir Butt Saba Ijaz Misbah Bahadur centreformediaandcommunicationstudies universityofGujrat
  2. 2. Definition: “A special article in a newspaper, magazine or a part of television, radio broadcast that deals with a particular subject”.
  3. 3. What is Feature? A feature is a creative, sometimes subjective article, designed primarily to entertain and to inform readers about an event, situation, and any aspect of life.
  4. 4. Elements of above statement • Creativity: • Subjectivity: • Entertainment • Informative • Imperishable
  5. 5. So feature stories are: • Feature stories are popular content elements of newspapers, magazines, blogs, websites, newsletter, TV broadcast and other media.
  6. 6. • Feature stories are journalistic researched, description, colorful, thoughtful reflective through about original ideas.
  7. 7. • Are factual and require reporting • May or may not be timely. • The form and style must be according to the contents and purpose • Have novelty leads
  8. 8. • Mention keynotes in the opening sentences • Feature stories cover topic in-depth • doesn’t mean to report recent breaking news • Features are generally longer • penetrates deeper in the subject.
  9. 9. Feature Writing • Does not have to be written in the inverted pyramid format • Written to hook the reader and draw them into the story
  10. 10. • Human interest story: • Personal experience feature: • Character Sketch or Profile: • Service feature or “how to”: • Historical Features:
  11. 11. • Behind the scenes: • Seasonal Themes: • Developmental feature: • Featurettes • Travel stories
  12. 12. • Features are not only restricted to print media • There are also found audio and video features
  13. 13. Sources of feature • Personalities • Commemorations
  14. 14. • Social and cultural sources • Science and technology
  15. 15. • History • Psychological factors • Investigative stories • Policies • Electronic • Social subjects
  16. 16. • Expositional and instructional
  17. 17. …. • Efficiently composed information • Fact based • Keen observation and interest • Consider the demand of reader • Entertain and inform as well • Written off-the-cuff • Divergence • Human interest
  18. 18. • Lead must be impressive • Positive approach • Critical view of topic • Form and content must be suitable to topic • Literary touch • Style • Defined conclusion • Be visual
  19. 19. • Brainstorm idea • What’s the purpose? • Research the topic. • Grab the reader’s attention • Keep that attention • Leave an impression.
  20. 20. • Topic • Who are your readers? • What do your readers already know? • What do your readers need to know? • Write a theme for your story.
  21. 21. Choosing the Theme • Has the story been done before? • Is the story of interest to the audience? • Does the story have holding power (emotional appeal)? • What makes the story worthy of being reported? • The theme answers the question, "So what?"
  22. 22. • The “So What” paragraph • Usually in the third or fourth paragraph • Explains the reason the story is being written
  23. 23. Writing the Lead • A summary may not be the best lead • A lead block of one or two paragraphs often begins a feature • Rather than put the news elements of the story in the lead, the feature writer uses the first two or three paragraphs to set a mood, to arouse readers, to invite them inside
  24. 24. Body of the Feature • Provides vital information while it educates, entertains, and emotionally ties an audience to the subject • Important components include: – Background information – The “thread” of the story – Dialogue – Voice
  25. 25. Background Information • A paragraph or two of background should be placed high in the story to bring the audience up to date
  26. 26. Background Information • A paragraph or two of background should be placed high in the story to bring the audience up to date
  27. 27. The “Thread” of the Story • Connect the beginning, body and conclusion of the story • Because a feature generally runs longer than a news story, it is effective to weave a thread throughout the story, which connects the lead to the body and to the conclusion • This thread can be a single person, an event or a thing, and it usually highlights the theme
  28. 28. Dialogue • May be used to keep a story moving • In feature reporting, it must be accurate • Can give readers strong mental images and keep them attached to the writing and to the story’s key players
  29. 29. Establish A Voice • The "signature" or personal style of each writer • Voice is the personality of the writer and can be used to inject color, tone, and subtle emotional commentary into the story. • Voice should be used subtly
  30. 30. Wrapping it Up • The ending will wrap up the story and come back to the lead, often with a quotation or a surprising climax. • Often, a feature ends where the lead started, with a single person or event.
  31. 31. •Writing is a process •Writing requires discipline • writing is building Finally … sit down and write……….   
  32. 32. That’s what all we have ……. 03/11/2012 Feature writing