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Writing Feature Articles. Part 1 Planning & Research. Steps To Success. Part 1: Planning & Research Brainstorm ideas. What’s the purpose? Who is the target audience? Be specific. Research your topic . Brainstorming. Things I Know a Lot About / Things I Do Well Current affairs?

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writing feature articles

Writing Feature Articles

Part 1 Planning & Research

steps to success
Steps To Success

Part 1: Planning & Research

  • Brainstorm ideas.
  • What’s the purpose?
  • Who is the target audience?
  • Be specific.
  • Research your topic.
brainstorming
Brainstorming

Things I Know a Lot About / Things I Do Well

Current affairs?

A Hobby?

A Sport?

To Help Others?

At School or For School?

Around the House?

Other?

what s the purpose
What’s the purpose?
  • Be clear about why you are writing the article.
  • Is it to inform, persuade, observe, evaluate, or evoke emotion?
  • For instance, if my topic was illegal / addictive drugs, I may choose the title of:

“Chrystal Meth. Users are Murderers”

Write off: “Ice addicts take their own life, as well as their family and friends”

purpose
Purpose?

What do you think my purpose is? Why would I want to write about such a depressing topic?

  • To entertain?
  • To persuade?
  • To inform?
who is my target audience
Who is my target audience?
  • In the real world, this would largely depend on the media you are writing for.
  • For instance, Dolly magazine’s target audience is….?
  • Wheels Magazine?
  • Woman’s Weekly?
  • FHM?
  • Cosmopolitan?
target audience
Target Audience
  • For your task, your target audience would be the gender and age group most likely to be interested in your topic or issue.
  • So my article “Chrystal Meth. Users are Murderers” would appeal to?.....
  • Therefore my target audience is any male or female between the ages of 14 – 50.
be specific
Be specific
  • Topic: Illegal drugs
  • More specific: Illegal and addictive drugs
  • More specific: Crystal Methamphetamine
  • More specific: Crystal Meth users
  • More specific: How Crystal meth users

affect their family and friends

research your topic
Research your topic
  • Come up with at least questions about your topic
  • If you are unsure, ask someone else what they’d like to know about your topic
  • Research experiences of others
  • Use factual information
  • Be accurate
  • Keep your audience in mind – What really matters to them?
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