Feature Writing - Different Kinds of Features by mercurialmusic

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									Human Interest
•Involves persons rather than things •Students who win an award or do something significant such as scoring 1600 on SAT or qualifying for Olympic Games •Retiring teacher
•What it’s like to be a crossing guard

•Usually done with prominent persons •Can be informational or personal profile feature •Informational interviews deal with an authority whose opinions are of significant value
•Personality interviews are interesting because of the individual rather than the subject matter

Informational Features
•Of historical, social, practical interest
•Basic purpose is not to entertain but to inform. •History of the school •How-to features such as “how to buy a good stereo” or “what to do if you’re arrested or in an auto accident”


Personality Sketches
Develops a total picture of the person
Attempts to reveal personality through anecdotes

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Looks at mannerisms, actions, dress, experiences. Facts readers will want to know:
Name Personality
Background Physical appearance Environment Hobbies Influence on others Anecdotes, observation

•Also called mini-features

•Attention-getting leads

•Events usually told in chronological order •Conclusion is often a surprise •Short—told quickly

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