It is more similar to fiction because it tells a story. Then write the nut graph, which is a paragraph summarizing the most important details about the person. If students are unfamiliar with journalistic writing, the teacher may need to offer help to individual groups. You must wonder at man's achievements, at man's stupidity, at his honesty, crookedness, courage, cowardice - at everything that is remarkable about him wherever and whenever it appears. Talk about it It may help to talk to teacher, or friend — anyone who can give you the support you need.
Emphasize the importance of good and respectful research and preparation before writing about any subject. The News Feature The news feature takes a current news story as its start but then investigates how the news affects the lives of average people. Almost a third of teens either were bullies or were bullied, some of them even afraid to wake up to go to school. How does the lede grab your attention and make you want to know more about the subject? Feature articles can be problematic if they are telling only one side of a story. How much time was left on the clock? Although the person does not get any physical influence, he or she will get a psychological influence inside their heart forever. Think of direct quotes as icing on a cake -- they enhance, but they shouldn't form the substance of your story.
Remember, you must be able to interview the person you are writing about. Which people do you think you would interview to get this information? It comes pretty near being the truth to say that a great journalist is a super-gossip - not about trivial things but about important things. Check the library, the Internet and experts for previous news coverage and references to key information. Uncovering those means talking not just to the big players in the story, but to everyone you can. His life has been the subject of many personality feature articles.
For creative openings, look at which begins with a list of derogatory adjectives that critics and enemies of the reality television star have leveled against her, and the Saturday profile of , which begins with a short list followed by a rhetorical question. And who, exactly, would you want to play? Scenes, however, can still drive the way the story unfolds. Features are not just about facts; instead, they are narratives and should be written in a creative style to hook the reader and keep their attention with interesting details and anecdotes. Those can be the best endings. It's not just about facts; feature stories are more about storytelling and weaving an interesting narrative. Most writers remember this cliche from their creative writing classes, and it is especially valuable when writing feature stories.
A historical article may require a visit to an archive. He then went back in time to the exact, tense moment when one of those female players had the guts to ask for more practice time on the court. Part of your job is to weave a narrative for readers. Contact source again to supply missing info. Two of the main reasons student in school were bullied are because of their appearance or their social status. Was such a nice article, I enjoyed reading it and I was able to relate in a way and has given me more positive thoughts on life. Talese sets a tense scene in the first paragraph, showing Sinatra sitting in a bar, and in the next paragraph, shown here, he reveals the tension that will drive the rest of the story.
I wondered: What does a sick and lonely man talk about with one of the few people he trusts? Being in a sorority, doing community service, and playing the cello while working and maintaining a B-plus average is impressive. At this point, students should not acknowledge to whom the paper belongs. Ask a friend, teacher, editor or fellow reporter to read through your story and tell you what else he or she would want to know. No matter that all the astronauts were male and white and that she was female and black. For example, a seasonal business feature article may address issues commonly associated with tax season.
Write for a national audience. If you are unsure of something and cannot verify it, leave it out. You've become an integral career resource. Tell students to ask all remaining questions, verify important information e. The four main ones I will look at are financial, emotional, physical and sexual abuse. Give students some sample Times profiles to use as models.
The confidence you gain will help you ignore the mean kids. So however, how do we prevent bullying? They gather, evaluate, and synthesize data from a variety of sources e. He intends it to last, in fact, as long as Stonehenge and the pyramids combined. Choose a format for your article. The writer should try to make his subject as comfortable as possible. It undoubtedly does take less time to dash off a special feature story than it does to think out all of the details and then write it. They delve beneath the surface to look at what motivates people, what excites them, what makes them interesting.
The second paragraph needs to explain why the story is important so the reader keeps reading, and the rest of the piece needs to follow your outline so you can make sure everything flows together how you intended. If it doesn't, you may not have reported thoroughly or aggressively enough. The How-To Feature The how-to feature describes how to do or build something. Obviously, your story will be grounded by your familiarity with your own school. Decide on the type of feature you want to write. Writing a feature article can be a highly creative and fun activity, but it does take hard work and planning to write an effective and engaging article.