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Feature Writing-GDeSagun2011

  1. 1. Feature Writing<br />
  2. 2. Feature Writing<br />Key function is to humanize, to add color, to educate, to entertain, to illuminate<br />May or may not be tied to a current event<br />Will often be longer than a traditional news story<br />2<br />
  3. 3. Features<br />Use features when you want to:<br />Explain, expand and/or analyze previous news stories<br />Profile a person<br />Document a trend in society<br />Create a “how to” guide<br />3<br />
  4. 4. Feature Writing<br />Does not have to be written in the inverted pyramid format<br />Written to hook the reader and draw them into the story<br /> Inverted Pyramid ( metaphor used by journalists to illustrate the placing of the most important information first within a text. ) <br />4<br />
  5. 5. Types of Features<br />News Feature <br />Informative Feature <br />Historical Feature <br />Personality Story <br />Firsthand Account <br />5<br />
  6. 6. Choosing the Theme<br />Choose your angle <br />- Think of the angle as your approach to the story<br /> - Is the story of interest to the audience?<br />- Does the story have holding power (emotional appeal)? <br />- What makes the story worthy of being reported? <br />- The theme answers the question, "So what?" <br />6<br />
  7. 7. Writing the Lead<br />A lead block of one or two paragraphs often begins a feature <br /> - 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 <br />7<br />
  8. 8. Types of Leads<br />SUBJECT: MANNY PACQUIAO<br />1. Quick Bursts Lead- a series of direct statements<br />“Pound for pound king. Greatest Filipino boxer, etc…”<br />2.Surprise Lead- an eye opening beginning <br />“The greatest fighter in the whole world is from a third-world country.”<br />3.Contrast Lead – an opening with opposites or differences <br />“Mayweather is unbeaten, still many consider Pacquiao to be better than him despite Manny’s imperfect record.”<br />4.Figurative Lead – an opening figure of speech <br />“Manny Pacquiao is the PambansangKamao…”<br />5. Allusion Lead – an opening reference to literature<br />“Like a diamond in the rough, Manny Pacquiao was plucked from the slums.”<br />6. Expert Lead – an opening quote from expert <br />“ Freddy Roach says, “Manny is the greatest fighter in the world because…”<br />7. Suspense Lead – an open ended beginning <br />“The only thing Manny lacks to be considered as the best boxer ever is…”<br />8. Question Lead – an opening question <br />“What makes Manny Pacquiao into a global icon?” <br />8<br />
  9. 9. Writing Activity <br />Write your own leads on Manny Pacquiao<br />9<br />
  10. 10. Nut Graph<br />Where the feature writer lays out for the reader exactly what the story is all about<br />Usually in the third or fourth paragraph<br />Explains the reason the story is being written<br />Provides vital information while it educates, entertains, and emotionally ties an audience to the subject<br />10<br />
  11. 11. Body of the Feature<br />Important components include:<br /><ul><li>Background information</li></ul> - A paragraph or two of background should be placed high in the story to bring the audience up to date<br /><ul><li>The “thread” of the story</li></ul>- Connect the beginning, body and conclusion of the story<br /> - 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<br /> - This thread can be a single person, an event or a thing, and it usually highlights the theme <br />11<br />
  12. 12. <ul><li>Dialogue</li></ul>- May be used to keep a story moving<br />- In feature reporting, it must be accurate<br />- Can give readers strong mental images and keep them attached to the<br />writing and to the story’s key players <br /><ul><li>Voice </li></ul> -The "signature" or personal style of each writer<br /> - Voice is the personality of the writer and can be used to inject color, tone, and subtle emotional commentary into the story.<br /> - Voice should be used subtly <br />Body of the Feature<br />12<br />
  13. 13. Wrapping it Up<br />The ending will wrap up the story and come back to the lead, often with a quotation or a surprising climax.<br />Often, a feature ends where the lead started, with a single person or event. <br />13<br />
  14. 14. Interviewing and Getting Quotes <br />Make an appointment <br />Prepare for the interview but never limit yourself to your initial questions <br />Include some details about setting, action, gesture, and tone of the particular person<br />Record the interview but also take notes during the interview itself <br />Verify facts before finalizing the story <br />14<br />
  15. 15. Writing Assignment <br />Write a feature article about an influential person with global significance<br />Create an imaginary interview with your chosen person. List your questions and corresponding answers based on facts, personality, etc. This interview will be the body of your feature article. <br />Min. of 1,50o words <br />Upload your feature article to your blog when finished <br />Questions: email gerarddesagun@gmail.com<br />15<br />

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