Feature Writing

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.

Some good ones from Lantern:

Best feature of the year 2011 according to Associated Collegiate Press.

Friends and rivals on the men’s basketball team.

Proof that OSU has secret societies…at least one!

I wrote this for Poynter. It uses 1st person, which normally you would not do, but features do let you bend/break some rules.

PROFILES!! 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’s one from this semester that one of you wrote.

Here is a powerful one from ESPN and it is about far more than sports.

Election Night primer…and then a shift to First Person writing!

Here’s how the AP makes calls on Election winners.

Random question — what’s wrong with this lede:

A recent study found that 85 percent of journalism majors are having trouble writing ledes about surveys and research.


Just read this piece and it stuck with me.  This is somber, but important.

This piece ran in The Lantern last year. Short and powerful.

One of my favorite stories. Only time I wrote in first person for the AP as a full-time reporter.

This is one of the better personal experience/memoir pieces I’ve read in a while. The author ran the AP’s political team in DC when I was on the business staff.

Here is a first-person commentary that was broadcast, not written in a paper, etc.  Daily Show (Jon Stewart) weighs in on Ferguson/race.