Different Kinds of Features

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Different Kinds of FEATURES

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Human Interest Involves persons rather than things Students who win an award or do something significant such as scoring 1600 on SAT or qualifying for Olympic Games Retiring teacher What it’s like to be a crossing guard

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Interviews Usually done with prominent persons Can be informational or personal profile feature Informational interviews deal with an authority whose opinions are of significant value Personality interviews are interesting because of the individual rather than the subject matter

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Informational Features Of historical, social, practical interest Basic purpose is not to entertain but to inform. History of the school How-to features such as “how to buy a good stereo” or “what to do if you’re arrested or in an auto accident”

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Personality Sketches Develops a total picture of the person Attempts to reveal personality through anecdotes Looks at mannerisms, actions, dress, experiences. Facts readers will want to know: Name Personality Background Physical appearance Environment Hobbies Influence on others Anecdotes, observation

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Featurettes Also called mini-features Clever Attention-getting leads Events usually told in chronological order Conclusion is often a surprise Short—told quickly

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