Feature Writing Opinión Writing Feature Writing • A colorful story about people, events, places and life. • Researched and creative piece of writing with information drawn from eye witnesses and experts on the subject. • Occasionally subjective, but often factual in nature Feature Writing • “An in-depth and factual write up on a topical issue which seeks to give comprehensive information in a more captivating and relaxed style than straight news”. Feature Writing • Its subject can be anything: places, a community, a farm, a business, education, science, economy, religion, philosophy; events, parades, programs, concerts; people-well known or unknown animals unusual or ordinary; objects of art or product. • Succinctly features can be anything or everything on which one wishes to write. Feature Writing • A feature story must be unusual e.g. car crash (except if it involves a prominent • personality) • It must have the human interest dimension as this gives the reader or listener a sense of personal relationship with the subject. Characteristic of Feature • Imperishable • A feature article does not perish, unlike the story which becomes stale the next day. • The feature story is not attached to such time-frames since it is usually carefully selected and created at the feature writer’s convenience. Characteristic of Feature • Cannot be scooped • Someone’s particular feature article cannot be published in its originality before hand, by another writer. • The choice of topics for future stories is simply is the prerogative of the feature writer. Characteristic of Feature • Can be created from mundane ideas or issues • The choice of topics for features includes both the serious and trivial. Characteristic of Feature • Give in-depth information on topical issues • Writer must have investigated the topic before presenting the different angles to the audience. • Relaxed atmosphere gives room for adequate survey of facts and information on the topic to be “featurized Characteristic of Feature • Fleshy and Colorful • The feature writer adds more flesh to the straight news to make it a feature story. • The language of the feature is supposed to be colorful, having been written in figurative and in flowery constructions. • Language is quite different from the formal language of straight news. It is picturesque, informal and humorous. Characteristic of Feature • Stylish • To use own peculiar approach to writing which could be in form of own wordcoinages, romantic expressions, captivating images or use of language. • Style differentiates one writer from another and it professionally allows the writer to shift his mode of writing. Types of Feature Stories • Categorization of the features into different types. • But overlaps cannot be ruled out in some cases. Types of Feature Stories • Process “how-to-do-it” feature • Educational because it teaches readers how to do things. • In a simple playful and funny manner, the audience is informed and educated on certain issues. • A lot of readers want to learn certain skills. Types of Feature Stories • Personal Experience Stories • A reporter on duty may suddenly find himself in an unexpected circumstance; e.g. beaten up by a mob. • He may want to narrate his ordeal to the public. Types of Feature Stories • Personal Experience Stories • Some newspapers have columns called the “Reporters Notebook” where journalists recount their personal experiences in form of features. • Personal experience stories could also be a form of features based on participant observation. Types of Feature Stories • Personality Profiles • Human interest feature with close look at the personality of a prominence. It involves achievers • The space allotted to a person’s profile depends on his prominence. For instance, • an obituary profile could take the whole of a paper’s front page, depending on the person’s prominence. • General profiles could be written also on organizations and places. Types of Feature Stories • Commemorative Features. • These are features written to commemorate important events in a nation or in the world. • For instance, a beautiful feature can be done on the commemoration of the 60 years of World War II. Types of Feature Stories • Hobbyist and Odd Occupation • Feature stories can equally be written on: • Hobby: A person’s unique hobby could be quite newsworthy and so be featurised. • Odd Occupation: Odd Occupations such as “reverse driving” can make very interesting feature stories. Types of Feature Stories • Participatory feature • This is quite similar to experience feature. It involves a recount of one’s experience on an event he participated in. Types of Feature Stories • The Capsule feature or features • This is a short snappy, compact feature about people in the news. Some magazines call it newsmakers e.g. Newsweek. Some call it “in the news” as in Newswatch. • The focus is usually on celebrities and newsworthy people making news in lighthearted manner. Types of Feature Stories • The Travelogue • This is an account of a trip to a place of interest. It informs the readers about life in other places and draws lessons by comparing life in those places with the situation at home. Types of Feature Stories • The Exposee or Alarmer • Type of feature that exposes or identifies something wrong in the society. • Examples are: Advanced Fee Fraud, Child-Trafficking, Brain -Drain Types of Feature Stories • Seasonal Features • Are those features that are tied to the calendar. • They deal with different seasons such as Easter, Christmas, Ramadan, Valentine, Children’s day, Worker’s day Independence Types of Feature Stories • Specialized Features • These are features that focus on special areas such as: Science, Farming, Leisure Traveling, Botany etc. Example: A feature on the use of bamboo for furniture and crafts.