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Feature Article Creation: Home

Task:

Write a feature article, incorporating a range of sources and verbal and non-verbal language features to present a convincing and engaging piece (with an in-class rationale).

Feature articles aim to inform, entertain and persuade readers. They are detailed pieces of writing that explore a range of issues, opinions, experiences and ideas. The purpose will vary depending on the media it is meant for. Regardless, it should appeal to the particular audience being targeted.

Types

Feature articles can be informative, entertaining, persuasive, or simply satisfy the reader's curiosity about a particular topic. A feature article may provide more information about an important issue, offer an opinion about current affairs, or simply present a personal or humorous perspective on modern day life. Unlike news reports, which can quickly go out of date, feature articles have a more general focus and may interest readers long past the date they're published.

Writers go beyond just the facts on the surface and add colour, detail, background and personal comment. The appeal of these articles is usually the personal touch and viewpoints that they offer.

Types Include:

  • Analysis and opinion on current issues.
  • Profiles of, or interviews with well known-people.
  • Humorous reflections.
  • Personal experience or anecdotes.
  • Background information on local, national or international events.
  • Human interest stories.

Design tips:

Use the software you are most familiar with. Publisher is specifically desktop publishing software or you could just use PowerPoint and customize the slide size to A4 mimicking a sheet of paper. Check out available templates for examples or base your design on an appealing image. 

The Pulitzer Prizes:

The Pulitzer Prize is an award for achievements in newspaper and online journalism, literature, and musical composition in the United States. The Pulitzer Prizes - Feature Writing site focuses on distinguished feature writing giving prime consideration to quality of writing, originality and concision, using any available journalistic tool.

Reference Generator:

It is important you show your teacher you used a variety of reliable resources. Use the online Reference Generator available through the Portal to create your citations. Make sure you alphabetically sort them afterwards.

sample bibliography for 3 resources provided on this page would look like:

Jonathan Jones. 2015. A picture of loneliness: you are looking at the last male northern white rhino. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/may/12/last-male-northern-white-rhino. [Accessed 31 March 16].

The Pulitzer Prizes. 2016. Feature Writing. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.pulitzer.org/prize-winners-by-category/211. [Accessed 31 March 16].

Sam Hampton-Smith. 2013. Create balanced page layouts - 7 pro tips. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.creativebloq.com/netmag/create-balanced-page-layouts-7-pro-tips-121310009. [Accessed 31 March 16].