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The Art of Telling Stories
What’s a feature?
- Human-interest articles that focus on particular people, places and events (more timeless)
- Features are told in a less hurried and generally more creative way.
- Trend stories report on changes that happen gradually over time.
- It’s often a good idea to personalize the leads of these stories.
- Human interest stories in some way tell us more about what it means to be human. They have little impact; sometimes profiles can be human interest stories.
Example: Human Interest
- Profiles tell the story of a person or persons. Very common; reveals an individual’s character or lifestyle
- How-to(s): These articles help people learn by telling them how to do something.
- Behind the scenes: Inside views of unusual occupations, issues and events give readers a feeling of penetrating the inner circle or being a mouse in the corner.
Example: Behind the Scenes
- A sidebar accompanies a hard news story and is written in a feature style.
- Not the inverted pyramid….
- After the title and opening paragraph(nutgraph) grab the reader, narrative hooks/leads are used to persuade the reader to continue reading.