How to Write a Yearbook Feature. There is no substitute for good writing. It flows. It glows. It lives. -Susan Duncan. REMEMBER most yearbook copy should be features, not news. Make your features interesting. If you are bored reading it, others will be also.
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There is no substitute for good writing. It flows. It glows. It lives.
Compose good questions to use in your interview. Avoid yes/no questions. Ask plenty of HOW and WHY questions. Use DESCRIBE questions. You are asking questions to get specifics for your copy.
Sit down and talk to the subject with your question sheet in hand, but do not be limited by your pre-interview questions. Ask follow-up questions. Write down everything the person says or use a recorder. This is the most important part of the process.
If a person you are interviewing says, “Just make something up,” tell them you are taking journalism, not creative writing. Give them more time or ask more questions to spur them into saying something actually worth putting down on paper.
Make your feature complete a circle from the lead to the conclusion. The reader should sigh in admiration that the path you began in the lead has been brought full circle in the conclusion.