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.