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1 Feature ArticlesThis lesson will teach you the conventions of feature articles and how approach writing your own.
2 Feature article conventions
Structural:ParagraphsCatchy headingIn-depth story or issueQuotes from the article presented in bold writing to engage the readerPicturesLanguage:- Can be told from third or first person but most commonly third personDepending on the audience language is colloquial or formalSubjective point of viewQuotes from experts and people involved with the issue, facts and statistics, emotive language, rhetorical questions, speaking directly to the reader.
3 Planning a feature article
A simple method for planning a feature article is PACS Purpose (what is the topic and point of the article? Whaling? Gun laws? Teenage crime rates?) Audience (who is the article targeted towards? Teenagers? Professional adults?) Content (Fours ideas minimum) Style ( which writing style would best suit the audience? Formal? Colloquial?)
4 Have a practise!You do not have to write these feature articles, just plan them! EXAMPLE: Write a feature article about increasing teenage drug use Purpose: to inform people about the increasing levels of drug use Audience: teenagers and parents Content Style: colloquialPoint of view of the parent from the case studyFeature articleParagraph addressing the increase based on researchIntroduction with case studyRecommendations for solving the problem
5 Plan a few yourself using the examples below
Plan a few yourself using the examples below. Show your planning using the PACS method.Underage drinking in Australia The banning of guns in America The reliance on smartphones in society
6 Read the article belowadmits-I-wont-let-children-play-friends-I-deem-beneath-them.html Remember- feature articles are subjective (opinion based) and sway towards a side. While this feature article is controversial, it demonstrates subjectivity. Answer the following questions: What is your opinion on this issue? What language techniques can you find in the article? Find three subjective statements from the article and list them Who are the quotes from in the article?
7 Examplesnetworking-good-for-them drug-abuse-rife/story-e6frg6nf Brainstorm: How has the author of the first article engaged the reader and provided reliable information? What features make the second article a reliable feature article?
8 Task: Choose your own issue and write a feature article about it.
Success Criteria:Follows the structure conventions of a feature articleCorrect sentence structure, punctuation, spelling and grammarIssue is very clear throughout the whole articleA range of language features ( facts, statistics, quotes, emotive language etc.) are used throughout the article to engage the readerLanguage is suitable to the intended audienceParagraphed clearly
If you want to break into travel writing, either as a full-time travel writer or as a freelance writer, you’ll need to know how to write a travel article. Today’s writing tip comes from Travel Writing by L. Peat O’Neil and explains the structure of a travel article.
Knowing the basic structure of a travel article is important. After you know what is expected, you can bend the rules, expanding or contracting length for anecdotes, digressing with a personal association, or experimenting with style. Though the structural outline noted below is a useful general guideline, remember that how a writer organizes the anecdotes, encounters, factual background, closeups, long shots, historical detail, flashbacks, etc. depends on personal choice and writing style.
Much depends on the expectations of the editor and the publication. A skilled writer weaves in crucial points early in the story: where, when, who, why, how, and what. Remember that a travel article, though classified as a feature, still uses many of the traditional elements of a news story.
Readers need to know where the story is based, who it concerns, how action unfolded, and so on. In a feature article, which includes travel and food articles, there’s some latitude for where answers to those essential questions are placed in the story, but the gist of the story still covers the news fundamentals: where, when, who, what, why, and how.
If you are new to travel writing, here is a checklist of the elements to be covered when writing an article. Remember, not every element needs to appear in the same order as this list, and some may be skipped (when, who, why), depending on story content or the editor’s inclination.
- Lead—snappy opening to attract reader interest
- Where—the place, grounding the reader in geography
- When—the season, grounding the reader in time, climate
- Who—introduce the writer, to identify with the reader
- Why—reason for the trip, the motive, draws the reader into the story
- How—the process of travel unfolding, framework and story line
- What—the story details, quotes from people in the place, anecdotes and facts
- End—wraps up the article, perhaps linking ending to lead
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