Writing the feature profile

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Writing the feature profile

  1. 1. Writing the feature profile<br />Tommy Thomason<br />
  2. 2. Why profiles?<br />Profiles tell the stories of people we know or know about. We know what – profiles tell us how, and give us the why behind the what<br />
  3. 3. What’s in a profile?<br /><ul><li>The life facts not generally known</li></li></ul><li>What’s in a profile?<br /><ul><li>The life facts not generally known
  4. 4. A picture of the person at work or at play or at home</li></li></ul><li>What’s in a profile?<br /><ul><li>The life facts not generally known
  5. 5. A picture of the person at work or at play or at home
  6. 6. What has made this person who he/she is -- the turning points in the target’s life</li></li></ul><li>What’s in a profile?<br /><ul><li>The life facts not generally known
  7. 7. A picture of the person at work or at play or at home
  8. 8. What has made this person who he/she is -- the turning points in the target’s life
  9. 9. Goals/obstacles</li></li></ul><li>What’s in a profile?<br /><ul><li>The life facts not generally known
  10. 10. A picture of the person at work or at play or at home
  11. 11. What has made this person who he/she is -- the turning points in the target’s life
  12. 12. Goals/obstacles
  13. 13. How the target is different from others/how the target is the same</li></li></ul><li>What’s in a profile?<br /><ul><li>The life facts not generally known
  14. 14. A picture of the person at work or at play or at home
  15. 15. What has made this person who he/she is -- the turning points in the target’s life
  16. 16. Goals/obstacles
  17. 17. How the target is different from others/how the target is the same
  18. 18. What motivates the target</li></li></ul><li>Getting started on your profile<br />What will you need?<br />
  19. 19. Scheduling and conducting the primary interview<br />
  20. 20. A theme/focus for the story<br />Secondary interviews<br />Background info on your source<br />Observations<br />
  21. 21. What will your story look like?<br />•a lead or a lead element<br />•a nut graf<br />•the body of the story, which may <br />include several topics<br />•an ending<br />
  22. 22. A checklist on profiles…<br /> <br />What will you need to produce a good profile?<br />a controlling idea/theme<br />that theme expressed in a nut graf<br />an attention-getting lead element<br />insight....whys<br />anecdotes/stories<br />visual writing...show, don’t tell<br />multiple sources; visual as well as oral <br />good quotes and judicious use of paraphrases <br />at least a good attempt at an ending <br />
  23. 23. Want to seesome examples of profiles?<br />

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