What is the key function of feature writing?

What is the key function of feature writing?

Features are not intended to offer breaking news directly. They do contain news aspects, but their primary goal is to personalize, give color, educate, entertain, and illuminate. They frequently summarize key items from the preceding news cycle. Features often include a mix of reporting on more than one topic.

Features are written by members of the media for readers/viewers/listeners who have an interest in learning more about subjects covered in the piece. Often, but not always, they are written by someone with a particular expertise on the subject. For example, an investigative reporter may uncover evidence that a company has been violating environmental laws, which could lead to a story on this topic's environment page.

The goal of features is to provide readers with an up-to-date overview of important topics within their field of interest. This helps them stay informed and makes them better qualified to make decisions regarding issues that affect their lives.

Features are used by newspapers as a way to bring attention to certain topics within their coverage area or beyond. For example, a newspaper might publish a feature article on aging in place design guidelines for communities across the country if it finds there is significant demand for information on this subject. Features can also be used to raise awareness about issues that may not receive much publicity otherwise.

What are the main features of a feature article?

Feature articles mix facts and opinion, with an emphasis on the human interest aspect of the narrative. While they can report news, the content of the news is secondary. Feature articles are both educational and entertaining. They can incorporate both bright elements and comedy. A feature article should have several elements including: a topic or subject that is interesting and important to read about; a clear and objective presentation of this topic or subject; a personal story relating what was found out about the topic; and a conclusion that summarizes the main points.

Some examples of feature articles include articles in newspapers with the same date but from different cities (i.e., city-style newspapers), articles in magazines with multiple parts (i.e., double-issue magazines), and serialized novels published in periodicals (i.e., serials). Newspaper editors often assign these types of articles on topics that interest many people, such as local politics or current events. Magazine editors may choose any number of subjects they want within reason (magazines aren't supposed to be factual, so stories must fit within certain parameters), and then write about them in detail over several issues. The term "story arc" is sometimes used instead. Serials are published in periodic parts and require more planning than one-off articles because readers expect certain things to happen in the story (e.g., villains to be defeated, heroes to triumph).

What is the purpose of a feature story?

A feature piece, as opposed to pure news, is intended to entertain as well as inform readers. They are less objective than pure news, while being factual and based on excellent facts. A feature piece, unlike pure news, is typically not time-sensitive. However, they do need to be timely if they are to be relevant to current events.

The traditional newspaper feature article was as long as or longer than an article in a general-interest magazine. In recent years, however, many newspaper editors have been cutting back their features, sometimes eliminating the section altogether. This is especially true at daily newspapers that are already short on space for news and information. At weekly newspapers, on the other hand, features often account for half or more of the total space available for articles.

In addition to entertainment purposes, newspapers use feature stories to attract attention from potential subscribers, raise fund-raising awareness, and gain support for causes and politicians. Many people assume that all newspaper articles are news or information about current events, but this is not always the case. Newspaper editors classify articles according to their subject matter: features, columns, opinion pieces, cartoons, photographs, and advertisements.

What is a feature story in a newspaper?

A feature story is a nonfiction piece of writing concerning current events. Soft news is a form of feature piece. The two primary subtypes are news features and human-interest stories. The quality of the writing distinguishes a feature article from other sorts of non-news. Newspaper editors usually assign feature writers to important topics that readers will find interesting and engaging. They often ask for articles about people, events, or places that most readers cannot know personally.

Feature stories can be as brief as a few hundred words or as long as an entire page. They are usually divided into several sections: an introduction, a body, a conclusion, and sometimes a sidebar. The introduction should give the reader some idea of what will follow in the article; it may include a summary statement or question. The body should provide the information needed by readers to understand the topic covered in the article; it may include quotes from sources mentioned in the article. The conclusion should help readers understand how and why the subject matters; it may include a call to action. The sidebar may offer a brief explanation or opinion on something related to the main topic of the article.

Examples of feature stories include articles about people who have made an impact on history, such as Abraham Lincoln or Martin Luther King Jr.

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