The Basics of Feature Writing (Journalism Lecture)

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

This journalism lecture focuses on the basics of feature writing.

EXAMPLE ARTICLES CITED IN PRESENTATION:

Billboard: “War on Piracy Continues In China” – http://books.google.com/books?id=xQcEAAAAMBAJ&printsec=frontcover&lr=#v=onepage&q&f=false

Billboard: “Gump Soundtrack Does Double Duty” – https://books.google.com/books?id=UggEAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA113#v=onepage&q&f=false

EXAMPLES OF STRONG FEATURE ARTICLES:

PERSONALITY PROFILES

Oxford American “Fog Count” – http://www.oxfordamerican.org/magazine/item/466-fog-count

Vanity Fair magazine “Leveraging the Stars” – http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2000/04/dana-giacchetto-hollywood-money-manager

Time magazine “In Search of the Real Bill Gates” – http://content.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1120657,00.html

The Washington Post “What Makes Andy Dick Tick?” – http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/10/06/AR2006100600242.html

HUMAN INTEREST STORIES

CBS News “Crash Survivor Relives Escape” – http://www.cbsnews.com/news/crash-survivor-relives-escape/

BBC News “The Hitmen Who Stalk Russia” – http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/4801971.stm

TREND STORIES

News.com “Video Site Buying Spree in the Offing?” – http://news.cnet.com/Video-site-buying-spree-in-the-offing/2100-1030_3-6124137.html

ANALYSIS

The Washington Post “Hastert Learned from Wrestling” – http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/10/06/AR2006100601059.html

The New York Times “In City’s World of Real Estate, Outsiders Get Cold Shoulder” – http://www.nytimes.com/2007/03/03/nyregion/03starrett.html
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10 Comments

  1. CallMeGalaxiee Gaming says:

    Im in Grade 6. I have watched tons of vids for this because of my teacher who picked me, i had literally no idea what to do. Can I just say no? i cant blend in with the smartest section. Im just a dummy… but this helped me out. I won the contest, i travelled worldwide… THANKS SO MUCH 💓

  2. Rosie Inkheart Adventures says:

    this really helped me improve my writing skills.thanks for the video! 😀

  3. Ronald R says:

    Can you use first person?

  4. Kawaii Gamer YT says:

    this is super helpful for me I just got started to learn about this for the up coming contest in our school

    hope you would make more videos like this

  5. Dainty Bella Photography says:

    Super helpful!

  6. David Walker says:

    our journalism professor just plays these videos and reiterates what you say every few minutes. you're doing awesome.

  7. Mohammed Aly says:

    Thank you, it was very helpful. Hope applying what I have learnt form the video guaranty me a high mark.

  8. DiscoveryChris says:

    Very Informative lecture . Definitely granted me a better understanding of feature writing and it's structure!

  9. Chynna. says:

    can I use first person in writing feature? and can it be freestyle like poetic or something but is factual?

  10. Rob S says:

    Great lecture. Filled many gaps in my understanding, and validated some presumptions I've made.

    PS….I had that Forrest Gunp CD in the 90s!!!

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