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A feature story is a piece of
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writing about
news News is information Information is processed, organised and structured data. It provides context for data and enables decision making process. For example, a single customer’s sale at a restaurant is data – this becomes informatio ...

news
. A feature story is a type of
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. The main sub-types are the ''news feature'' and the ''
human-interest storyIn journalism, a human-interest story is a feature story that discusses people or pet, pets in an emotional way. It presents people and their problems, concerns, or achievements in a way that brings about interest, sympathy or Motivational speaking, ...
''. A feature story is distinguished from other types of non-news by the quality of the writing. Stories should be memorable for their reporting, crafting, creativity, and economy of expression.


Style

A feature story, as contrasted with straight news reporting, normally presents newsworthy events and information through a narrative story, complete with a
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and story characters. It differs from a
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primarily in that the content is not
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fiction
al. Like literature, the feature story relies upon creativity and subjectivity to make an emotional connection with the readers and may highlight some universal aspect of
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human nature
. Unlike straight news, the feature story serves the purpose of entertaining the readers, in addition to informing them. Although truthful and based on good facts, they are less objective than straight news. Unlike straight news, the subject of a feature story is usually not time sensitive. It generally features good news. Feature stories are usually written in an active style, with an emphasis on lively, entertaining prose. Some forms, such as a ''color story'', uses
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description
as the main mode.


Published features and news

Feature stories are stories with only one feature, but are creative and true. While the distinction between published features and news is often clear, when approached conceptually there are few hard boundaries between the two. It is quite possible to write a feature story in the style of a news story. Nevertheless, features do tend to take a more narrative approach, perhaps using opening paragraphs as scene-setting
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s instead of the delivery of the most important facts. A feature story can be in a news article, a newspaper, and even online.


Types

In ''The Universal Journalist'', David Randall suggests the following categories of feature: ; Colour piece :Describing a scene and throw light on its theme. ;
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Fly on the wall
:Activities are observed without the involvement of the journalist. ;Behind the scenes :Similar to the above, but with the journalist a part of events. ;In disguise/undercover :Pretending to be another person (see Ryan Parry). ;Interview ;Profile :An examination of a particular person. Will often include an interview. ;How-To :This type of article assists readers by explaining how to do something (and the writer may learn about the topic through research, experience, or interviews with experts on the topic). ;Fact box / Chronology :A simple list of facts, perhaps in date order. ;Backgrounder / A history of :An extended fact box. ;Full texts :Extracts from books or transcripts of interviews. ;My testimony :A first-person report of some kind. ;Analysis :An examination of the reasons behind an event. ;
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/ Expert roundup :A selection of views from members of the public or experts. ;Opinion poll ;Review Among sports writers, feature stories tend to be either human-interest stories or personality profiles of sports figures. A profile presents information about a person, but it differs from a
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biography
by focusing on the person's personality or anecdotes, rather than the factual data about birth, education, or major achievements.


See also

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Documentary film A documentary film or documentary is a non-fictional film, motion-picture intended to "document reality, primarily for the purposes of instruction, education, or maintaining a Recorded history, historical record". Bill Nichols (film critic), Bi ...
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Radio documentary Radio documentary is a spoken word radio format devoted to non-fiction narrative. It is broadcast on radio as well as distributed through media such as tape, CD, and podcast. A radio documentary, or feature, covers a topic in depth from one or mo ...
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Dictionary
* Language Arts *
Journalism Journalism is the production and distribution of report Image:Hurt Report cover page.png, 220px, Example of a front page of a report A report is a document that presents information in an organized format for a specific audience and purpose. ...

Journalism
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Plot Plot or Plotting may refer to: Art, media and entertainment * Plot (narrative), the story of a piece of fiction Music * The Plot (album), ''The Plot'' (album), a 1976 album by jazz trumpeter Enrico Rava * The Plot (band), a band formed in 2003 O ...
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Setting Setting may refer to: * A location (geography) where something is set * Set construction in theatrical scenery * Setting (narrative), the place and time in a work of narrative, especially fiction * Setting up to fail a manipulative technique to engi ...
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Story Story or stories may refer to: Common uses * Story, a narrative (an account of imaginary or real people and events) ** Short story, a piece of prose fiction that typically can be read in one sitting * Story, or storey, a floor or level of a build ...

Story
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Human interest story In journalism Journalism is the production and distribution of reports on the interaction of events, facts, ideas, and people that are the "news of the day" and that informs society to at least some degree. The word applies to the journalist, o ...


References


Further reading

* Garrison, Bruce: ''Professional Feature Writing.'' Routledge, 5th edition 2009. {{DEFAULTSORT:Feature Story Journalism terminology Newswriting