Good story. Compelling characters. Full use of senses. Strong scene setting. Narrative arc. Good quotes. Deep reporting. Memorable. Not hard news, but has a news hook of some kind.
Here is a timely one from The Lantern.
A Lantern feature from a couple years ago that was cited by the Chronicle of Higher Education and other places.
Best feature of 2011 according to Associated Collegiate Press.
Friends and rivals on the men’s bball team.
This is a long one about a story from a few years ago with a local angle.
Get to know a person, department, business, etc. on a different level than you and your audience normally would. More time you spend on these, the better they will be. Most are “positive,” but never forget the “to be sure” section, even if only a paragraph. Nothing is perfect. Life is not all sunshine and rainbows.
Here is a powerful one from ESPN and it is about far more than sports.