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Writing Featureshernan


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Writing Featureshernan

  1. 1. Writing Features Mr. Hernane B. Buella
  2. 2. Judging Feature Article <ul><li>Indicators </li></ul><ul><li>Is the story in accordance with the principles of effective writing to achieve unity, coherence, and emphasis? </li></ul><ul><li>Is the story original? </li></ul>
  3. 3. ..Indicators <ul><li>Does it use colorful language? </li></ul><ul><li>Are short and long sentences judiciously mixed? </li></ul><ul><li>Is the form and style and style appropriate to the content? </li></ul>
  4. 4. … Indicators <ul><li>Is the form and style appropriate to the purpose of the story? </li></ul><ul><li>Is the lead striking and interesting? </li></ul><ul><li>Does it appeal and relate to the reader? </li></ul><ul><li>Is the title catchy and interesting? </li></ul>
  5. 5. Features at a Glance <ul><li>concentrate more on the human angle </li></ul><ul><li>structured less rigidly </li></ul><ul><li>written from a more personalized point </li></ul><ul><li>of view </li></ul><ul><li>strong leads are crucial </li></ul>
  6. 6. Planning the Feature Story <ul><li>what is the purpose of the article </li></ul><ul><li>what do you really want to write </li></ul><ul><li>what is the best way of writing it </li></ul><ul><li>who are your intended readers </li></ul>
  7. 7. What to Focus on <ul><li>The lead should draw the reader into the story. </li></ul><ul><li>The story must deliver what the lead promises. </li></ul><ul><li>The audience must know exactly what the story is about within five to six paragraphs. </li></ul>
  8. 8. … what to focus on <ul><li>The story should not be overly-written. </li></ul><ul><li>Writing allows anecdotes </li></ul><ul><li>and interpretations cut from hard news story. </li></ul><ul><li>Features avoid dead ends and mounds of pointless details. </li></ul>
  9. 9. … what to focus on <ul><li>Overt statements of opinions are permissible only in columns and reviews. </li></ul><ul><li>Balanced, may focus on one point of view </li></ul><ul><li>but placed in a larger context. </li></ul>
  10. 10. … what to focus on <ul><li>Consider the story’s accuracy, clarity </li></ul><ul><li> and appeal. </li></ul><ul><li>Language should be simple, clear, direct and free of jargon. </li></ul>
  11. 11. … what to focus on <ul><li>Paragraphs should be reasonably short. </li></ul><ul><li>Quotes used be used generously. </li></ul><ul><li>Prefer logical story organization to move the reader from beginning to end. </li></ul>
  12. 12. … what to focus on <ul><li>Every questions raised in the story should be answered quickly. </li></ul><ul><li>Value prominence and readers’ interest. </li></ul><ul><li>Most powerful and compelling feature stories are about everyday people. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Other Valuable Features <ul><li>Impact – focus attention on things that people do not usually think about </li></ul><ul><li>- what leads someone to be a tree surgeon </li></ul><ul><li>- why are there tiny read and violet threads in peso bills </li></ul>
  14. 14. … other valuable features <ul><li>Proximity – appealing when about people and events close to home </li></ul><ul><li>- how obstinate Agtas refused to leave the crater of Mt. Pinatubo at the height of its eruption </li></ul>
  15. 15. … other valuable features <ul><li>Timeliness – anticipating what the readers are interested at the moment </li></ul><ul><li>Conflict – engaging the readers to be interested in the events, in the people involved, and the ways the problems are resolved </li></ul>
  16. 16. … other valuable features <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>- a recovering drug abuser’s struggle against his habit </li></ul><ul><li>- treatments of snoring explaining how a wife endured his husband’s snoring for twenty years </li></ul>
  17. 17. … other valuable features <ul><li>Novelty – focusing on the offbeat, </li></ul><ul><li>the inspirational, the funny, and the exotic – people and situations that are interesting because there is nothing else quite like them </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The blind summa cum laude of Ateneo </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>de Manila </li></ul></ul></ul>
  18. 18. <ul><ul><ul><li>Happy writing! </li></ul></ul></ul>