Guidelines for Writing a Feature Story . Choose a single focus and interview only on that--do not do a biography. . Feature leads may be more than one paragraph long and usually do not include the. The main purposes of a feature lead are to set the tone and get the reader's attention. .
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Feature leads may be more than one paragraph long
and usually do not include the
The main purposes of a feature lead are to
set the tone and get the reader's attention.
not inverted pyramid.
Details are in
(straight news story)
Feature stories should contain
many direct quotes.
At minimum, features should be
one-half direct quotes.
use color and imagination,
make people come ALIVE
with your feature writing.
Be careful to avoid
becoming too sugar-coated
or editorializing, however.
2. Write a feature story about it.
Twenty-one teachers from across eastern South Dakota gathered at the University of South Dakota June 14-July 1 to learn techniques used to teach writing.
This is a basic news lead.
It gives the facts—
the who, what, when, where, why and how
of the story.
The rest of the story would continue this pattern with the most important information always taking precedence
over the less important information,
even if it is more interesting.
Teacher Jason Lueth cried as he composed a poem about his grandmother at the keyboard of a Macintosh computer in the basement of the University of South Dakota Arts and Sciences building recently.
The purpose of this feature lead is to draw the reader in—
that is, to make him or her curious.
What was he crying about?
Why in a computer lab?
I want to know more!
After the feature lead is written, move on to compose the rest of the story.
A feature may take nearly any format, but should be written in third person with many first person quotes, as in any news story.