BY RUTH BERAN
We’re going to delve a bit deeper today into news writing vs feature writing style.
How is news writing different from writing feature stories?
WATCH: Chris Davey, Assistant Vice President for Media and Public Relations at The Ohio State University, summarises some of the differences between traditional news stories and feature stories:
ANALYSE: read these stories about a student who was framed for terrorism offences:
- Which one of the articles above is the feature story?
- What is a feature story?
- What is a news feature?
- How can you tell if a story is a feature story?
- Do feature stories still adhere to the inverted pyramid style?
- Do feature stories require different techniques to news story writing?
Writing a feature story is often about finding an angle that no one else has covered, or going in depth when news stories can’t. Sometimes a news article will turn into a feature story, when you realise that to tell the story properly you need to interview more people, or the story is just too complex to write in 500 – 750 words.
Work on a piece for your portfolio. The story can be for this week’s radio show or can be on any topic you like. Pitch the story in the news conference, then create!