The introduction of the story is contained in the first few paragraphs of the article. These articles bring an audience up-to-date, explaining how this country, this organization, this person happens to be where it is now. But think about all that might have led to that moment. It will help you choose the best. Thank them for their time and tell them the purpose of your interview. But much of the writing found in any newspaper is done in a much more feature-oriented way. Sometimes you can best capture a mood with your own prose.
When reporting a profile feature article, observe your surroundings carefully. A reporter's biggest mistake is either to go into an interview with no questions or to go into an interview with a list of question and not deviate from the list. Everyone seemed to be writing about Sinatra. Important components of the body of a feature story are background information, the thread of the story, transition, dialogue, and voice. Is your area of interest going to be as interesting to your editor? A bullet wound was found in the temple of each. The ending will wrap up the story and come back to the lead, often with a quotation or a surprising climax. So you want to be a critic? In news writing, the answer is easy: Keep the story short, sweet and to the point.
Once you have finished writing, go back through your work with a fine tooth comb for spelling or grammatical mistakes. Being in a sorority, doing community service, and playing the cello while working and maintaining a B-plus average is impressive. Here are a few guidelines that should help you report and write for the national audience you will have if your submission is selected for publication on The New York Times Learning Network. Writing a feature story may be considered easy to write by some people. Paragraphs can be written chronologically or in order of importance. Backgrounders: A backgrounder--also called an analysis piec--adds meaning to current issues in the news by explaining them further. And if you force it, your readers will know.
Then the news peg or the significance of the story is provided in the third or fourth paragraph, the nut graph. A feature article typically delves deeper into a story than a regular article. If sources you think would be useful don't return your calls or notes, be politely persistent. There are lead styles that work almost always even though are used so frequently. Instead, most of my time and energy is spent getting my story right.
A young woman swallowed nervously and told Redin that the Girls Basket-ball Club would like more practice time at the gym. Similarly, being a member of a varsity sports team takes talent but it is not newsworthy. A feature lead is often described as a conversation that anyone would like to be a part of. Through your freelance journalism career you will become very close to your new friend: the feature article. Feature stories, such as individual profiles, are much different than hard news stories. Good profiles get into the heart of the person and find out what makes them tick.
Ask open questions, be a good listener, and probe for anecdotes. Then you have to tell it. Introduce the main subjects of the feature story, get viewers to care about them, present the challenges they face, then reveal the resolution or what is left to be done. The personality profile is an article about an individual, and profiles are one of the staples of feature writing. If it doesn't, leave it out. Trend stories are popular because people are excited to read or hear about the latest fads.
But there are a few steps that must be remembered and followed in order for the story to read well and keep readers enticed while being truthful and factual. She served as ClearVoice's managing editor for four of those years, helping brands create great content and managing the company blog. Relive your experiences while working on your story. Often, those answers—and not all the surface facts so many reporters are obsessed with—are your stories. 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. I thought his eccentricities were enough to write about—and really, they would have made a fine article.
Then go back and listen to the tape to make sure you quote them correctly. Feature stories aren't defined so much by subject matter as they are by the style in which they are written. What is the point of your article, your working theme? Do your research before you show up! A little girl, pale, with darkeyes, lifted a dirty blanketabove the broken glass andpeered out, one neighborrememberred. But most articles will do all three to some degree. The only question is who.