LITERATURE TASK 2 - Journalism in the digital age

News feature – written to a tight deadline & associated with a news story
Timeless feature – can take several months but still needs a peg to the story.
Sources for features:
·      Records
·      Contacts
·      Interviews
·      Newspapers 

After researching, these are the questions that a feature needs to answer:

·      What is the story?
·      What is the lead?
·      Facts?
·      Ending?

Every features has:

1)   A Focus – specific. Readers must know the topic of what they’re about to read.
2)   The Lead – A new angle on a old story. Leads can be a summary, a quote, descriptive or direct. 
3)   The Body – Write as a whole, not in parts. Smooth transition. Major point with explanation, transition to fact with quotes interwoven. Tight, well edited. Just right amount of words. 
4)   The Ending – two types, summary and a twist. Don’t editorialize. 

Things to consider when writing features:
·      Vary the length of sentences but keep them short.
·      Keep it simple
·      Use verbs actively
·      Be positive 
·      Keep it conversational and friendly 
·      Avoid unnecessary words

Types of features:
·      Backgrounder
·      Personality 
·      Anniversary 
·      Seasonal 
·      News analysis

Herbert, J. (2016). Journalism in the digital age. [Place of publication not identified]: Focal, pp.182-193.


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