How to Write a Feature

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Features are exciting and fun to write, but they require more research than other writing styles.   A feature is an objective article that goes into depth (800-2000 words) about a current topic that is of interest, but it is not as time sensitive as news.


When writing a feature, you should pick a topic of interest to YOU so that you enjoy writing it.  A feature is about anything of interest to you that is not time sensitive.  For example, you can write a feature about recipes, skateboards, flowers, or anything you want.  You can write a personality feature about anyone, but most personality features are written about well know persons.


List some topics that are of interest to you. ______________________________________________________________________






To pick a topic, go to your Google homepage and look at the news feeds; check out what is happening in the world.

You can pick any topic provided that your LOCALIZE it; this is get local reaction to the issue.


Examples of features:


  • The impact of the Iraq war on local families.  You would pick on family and discuss how it has impacted them.
  • Anorexia:  you would discuss the problem with local therapists and doctors and if you know someone with the problem, you could interview them using a pseudonym to protect their privacy.
  • Reaction to the death of a famous person: interview students at the school.
  • Reaction to a movie star’s personal problems:  interview students at the school
  • What it feels like to be a new student at your high school: interview students new to the school.



You need to use multiple quotes to add life and opinion to the article since there is NO OPINION in feature articles.   All opinion is in quotes.



Since a feature story is an objective story about an interesting topic or issue in the community something of interest that happened recently.  It is not an opinion story so no opinion belongs in the story except in quotations.  To get opinion into the story, use quotes. 


 You should plan to interview at least three people for a feature article

Successful feature leads include the following:


·      Anecdotal---they start like a personality feature focusing on a person who

·      Exemplifies the topic of the feature

·      Description:  description of a person or a situation that exemplifies the topic of the feature

·      Contrast:  contrast the topic of the feature with something or some action that acts as a foil.

·      Shocking statement


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