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:
After researching, these are the questions that a feature needs to answer:
· What is the story?
· What is the lead?
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:
· News analysis
Herbert, J. (2016). Journalism in the digital age. [Place of publication not identified]: Focal, pp.182-193.