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ERIC Number: ED036509
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Jan
Pages: 7
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Featuring the Personalities.
Clark, I. E.
Bulletin of the Columbia Scholastic Press Advisers Association, v26 n3 p10-16 Jan 1969
The inability to conduct an interview and the reliance upon overused questions and ideas prevent many students from writing successful feature articles. To write a good feature, the reporter should (1) pick a person or subject worth writing about, (2) allow adequate time for an interview, (3) learn as much as possible about the interviewee before the interview, (4) take notes, (5) center the feature around one idea, (6) present the facts in an anecdote or short narrative, (7) give the feature an interesting beginning and ending through such devices as dynamic statements or direct quotations, and (8) avoid trite ideas and gimmicks. Since personality sketches make up most of the feature stories in newspapers, the writer should concentrate on students who are, in some way, outstanding. Other types of features include those that supply historical, informative, or background knowledge. Because people want in-depth information about events and other people, the school newspaper can utilize as many features as one per page. (LH)
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