feature story AP style

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FEATURE LEAD For a journalism writing instructor, working a projector is a challenge, despite his facility on social media. On his first day teaching Writing Strategies, a prerequisite required by Florida International University’s journalism program, Alfred Soto had never seen a projector before, and he said he had to learn how to use it—five minutes before class. “I saw this old thing and those fluorescent lights and I was, like, what? What year is this?” Soto said. “I’ve never had to improvise so quickly. NUT GRAF: Soto said that his students noticed his nervousness, but he relaxed them with jokes. On Aug, 27, 2017, he taught his first section of Writing Strategies using the new curriculum. LEAD: As a girl, Jeanette Nunez drew her comic strips. Her older brother Julio had introduced her to “Ghost in the Shell,” a feature length Japanese manga film from 1995. From that point she said animation became her passion. “I’d draw dogs with human characteristics,” Nunez said. “My grandma thought something was wrong with me. She thought I should’ve been doing homework.” NUT GRAF: When she learned that Florida International University had an anime club, she said she went to Campus Life to learn more. The Japanese Animation Club, which meets every Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., has members as obsessed with anime as Nunez. Levels of Achievement Needs Minor Editing (8 points) Needs Substantial Editing (6 points) Needs Major Editing and/or Revision (4 points)) You followed the assigned format (narrative, inverted pyramid, feature, broadcast script, press release, ad). You made one mistake in your use of the assigned format. (For example, the lede in an inverted pyramid exceeded the correct word count, or an item of information was missing from a press release.) You made two mistakes in your use of the assigned format. (For example, multiple required items were missing from a press release or multiple paragraphs in an inverted pyramid news story were too long.) You made three or more mistakes in your use of the assigned format. (For example, the lede in an inverted pyramid omitted 3 or more of the 5 ws or a press release did not include three or more required items.) Organization You organized and developed your Ideas and information well. You arranged relevant details appropriately for the assignment. You made one mistake in organization. (For example, an inverted pyramid included a less important detail before a more important aspect of the story.) You made two or more mistakes in organization. (For example, in the body copy of your ad, you failed to answer several imporant questions raised in the headline.) Your made three or more mistakes in oganization. (For example, you waited until the end of your inverted pyramid story to include 3 of the 5 ws.) Quotes, Attribution and Sources You used well-placed and relevant direct and indirect quotations from knowledgeable sources and attributed them correctly You made one mistake in use or attribution of quotes. You made only limited use of direct or indirect quotations from knowledgeable sources and/or made two mistakes in use or attribution of quotes. You failed to include any appropriate direct or indirect quotations from knowledgeable sources and/or made three or more mistakes in attribution of quotes. Use of Appropriate Voice You chose the appropriate voice and used it consistently. You used first or second person only where appropriate and maintained objectivity where appropriate. You made one mistake in use of voice. You made two mistakes in use of voice. You made three or more mistakes in use of voice. Typos, Spelling and Word Choice Your writing was free of typos, misspellings and errors in word choice. Your writing contained one typo, misspelling or error in word choice. Your writing contained two typos, misspellings or errors in word choice. Your writing contained three or more typos, misspellings or errors in word choice. You used tense appropriately and consistently, avoiding confusing tense shifts. You made one mistake in use of tense. You made two mistakes in use of tense. You made three or more mistakes in use of tense. Punctuation Your punctation was error-free. You made one mistake in punctuation. You made two mistakes in punctuation. You made three or more mistakes in punctuation. Pronoun Case You used appropriate pronoun case. You made one mistake in pronoun case. You made two mistakes in pronoun case. You made three or more mistakes in case. Subject/Verb Agreement You made no errors in subject/verb agreement. You made one mistake in subject/verb agreement. You made two mistakes in subject/verb agreement. You made three or more mistakes in subject/verb agreement. Composition Your writing was clear, concise, and interesting. Your writing was clear and concise. Bring it to life with more vibrant, concrete detail. Your writing was adequate. Work to make it more interesting with clearer, more vibrant language. Writing and word choice need significant development to bring your work to a publishable level. Criteria Format Tense Ready for Publication (10 points) Assignment 3: Off Campus Feature Story A feature story can be defined in different ways. Sometimes it is the light story the “human interest” piece that makes a reader smile, laugh, or just feel good. Other times, the feature story grows out of news. It is a serious piece that makes the reader think about something important—maybe even feel frustrated, or cry. The key is that the stories interest readers. Three common types of feature stories are: 1. Fad or Trend: What are people doing? Wearing? Saying? Listening to? What is popular, and why? 2. Personality Profile: What individual (or group) has an interesting—and untold—story? 3. Topic/Issue: What are people concerned about? What should they be concerned about? Assignment: Identify a fad or trend, person or group, topic/issue for your feature story. REVIEW section 6.3: Writing Feature Stories in your textbook. Review the structure, characteristics, and parts of a feature story before you begin to write. • • • • • Make sure you do some research also on your topic and you MUST conduct at least 2 (two) interviews. REMAIN objective (the impersonal reporter) and organize your article in an interest centered format. Don’t forget to include a headline in your story. Word count: 400. Please use Times New Roman 12pt double-spaced. DO NOT WRITE AN ESSAY OR SUMMARY OF THE TOPIC. THIS IS NOT A RESEACH PAPER IT IS AN ARTICLE. REFER TO THE AP STYLEBOOK FOR THE CORRECT WAY TO USE QUOTES AND ATTRIBUTIONS THROUGHOUT YOUR ARTICLE! 6.3: Writing Feature Stories Differentiating feature stories from news stories is misleading. The two actually have a great deal in common. The difference is in emphasis. The styles that are commonly used for feature stories assume that the reader has more time to read. They still require a central theme. The writer must be able to summarize the point of the story. But the writing may require that the reader go further to fully understand the point of the story. Of course, that means that the writer must sustain interest for a longer period of time. Feature writing is a way for both readers and writers to get away from the “relevant facts only” approach of most news stories. Feature stories generally contain more detail and description. They go beyond most news stories by trying to discover the interesting or important side of an event that may not be covered by the six basic news values. Feature stories are also a way of humanizing the news, of breathing life into a publication. Most feature articles center on people and their activities and interests. A good way for a feature writer to approach the job is to believe that every person is worth at least one good feature story. Feature stories vary not only in content but also in structure. Following is a brief discussion of some of the structures a feature writer may use. Feature stories have no single structure that is used most of the time. Feature writers are free to adapt whatever structure is suitable to the story they are trying to tell. Anecdotal Features This style usually begins with a story of some kind and usually follows with a statement of facts to support the point of the story. Quotations, anecdotes, and facts then are interwoven throughout the story. The trick is to keep the quotes and anecdotes relevant to the point of focus and to keep the story interesting without making it trite. Suspended Interest Features This style is often used for producing some special effect. It is usually used for a short story with a punch line, but sometimes it is drawn out into a much longer story. In either case, the style requires the writer to lead readers through a series of paragraphs that may raise questions in the readers’ minds while keeping readers interested in solving the puzzle. At the end, the story is resolved in an unexpected way. Profiles A profile feature story centers on a single person. One approach to a profile is to write a general description of the person’s life, past and present. Usually, this narrative begins with the birth of the person and ends with the present. Another approach is to zero in on a specific aspect of the person’s life and weave a story around that particular theme. In doing this, the writer can include biographical and background information about the person but can stay focused on the chosen subject. Question and Answer This simple style is used for a specific effect. An explanatory paragraph usually starts the story. Then the interviewer’s questions are followed by the interviewee’s answers, word for word. Using this style requires articulate participants in the interview. Sometimes, however, it makes clear how inarticulate an interviewee is about a topic. In any case, it is effective for showing the reader an unfiltered view of the interviewee’s use of language. 6.3.1: Characteristics of Feature Writing To the reader, the feature story seems to have a more relaxed style of writing than a news story. It may be easier to read than a news story and, because of its content, it may be more entertaining. Feature writers, however, work just as hard and are just as disciplined as news writers. They may work under a slightly different set of rules than news writers, but the goals of feature writers are essentially the same as news writers: to tell a story accurately and to write well. The main difference that sets features apart from news stories is the greater amount of detail and description in feature stories. Whereas the news story writer wishes to transmit a basic set of facts to the reader as quickly as possible, the feature writer tries to enhance those facts with details and description so that the reader will be able to see a more complete picture of an event or a person. For instance, while the news writer might refer to “a desk” in a news story, the feature writer will want to go beyond that simple reference by telling the reader something more—“a mahogany desk” or “a dark mahogany desk.” Better yet, the writer might rely on verbs to enhance the descriptions of the subject: “A large, soft executive chair enveloped him as he sat behind a dark mahogany desk.” The three major kinds of descriptions that should be contained in a feature story are description of actions, description of people, and description of places. All of these are important to a good feature story, but the description that makes for the strongest writing is generally the description of action. Telling about events, telling what has happened, telling what people are doing—these things make compelling reading. Descriptions of this type help readers to see a story, not just read about it. In addition, feature writers should make sure that readers see the people in their stories, just as the writers themselves have seen the people. Feature writers also need to describe the places where the stories occur. Readers need an idea of the surroundings of a story to draw a complete picture in their minds. A couple of tips will help writers to attain more vivid descriptions in their stories. One is the reliance on nouns and verbs. Beginning writers sometimes believe that they should use as many adjectives and adverbs as possible to enhance their writing, and, in doing so, they rely on dull and overused nouns and verbs. That approach is a wrong turn on the road to producing lively, descriptive writing. A second tip for writers is to remember the five senses. Often writers simply describe the way things look, and they forget about the way things sound, feel, taste, or smell. Incorporating the five senses into a story will help make a description come alive for a reader. Feature stories often contain more quotations and dialogue than news stories. News writers use direct quotations to enhance and illuminate the facts they are trying to present. Feature writers go beyond this by using quotations to say something about the people who are in their stories. Quoted material is generally used much more freely in feature stories, although, as in news stories, dumping a load of quotes on a reader without a break often puts too heavy a burden on the reader. Dialogue and dialect are other devices a feature writer may use if the story calls for them. One of the charms of feature writing for many writers is that the writer can put more of himself or herself into a story. Whereas in news stories writers stay out of sight as much as they can, feature writers are somewhat freer to inject themselves and their opinions into a story. Although feature writers do have more latitude in this regard, they must use this latitude wisely and make sure that a feature story does not become a story about themselves rather than about the subject they are trying to cover. 6.3.2: Parts of a Feature Story Feature stories generally have four parts: a lead, an engine paragraph, a body, and an ending. Each needs special handling by the writer. As in a news story, the lead of a feature story is its most important part. Feature writers are not bound by the one-sentence, 30-word lead paragraph structure that news writers must often follow. A lead in a feature story may be several sentences or paragraphs long. From the beginning sentence, however, the feature writer must capture the reader’s attention and give the reader some information of substance—or at least promise some information of substance. A news writer can depend on the story’s subject to compel the reader’s interest. A feature writer must sell the reader on the subject in the first few words or sentences. A good lead uses the first words or sentences of a story to build interest in the story’s subject, but the reader must soon discover some benefit for reading the story. That’s why the writer should build a lead toward some initial point that the story is to make, something that will hook the reader for the rest of the story. The engine paragraph (also called the fat paragraph, the snapper, or the why paragraph) gives the reader this payoff and sets the stage for the rest of the story. It puts the story in some context for the reader and tells the reader why the rest of the story should be read. The body of the feature story is the middle of the story that expands and details the subjects introduced in the lead. The body should answer every question that was raised in the lead, and it should fulfill every expectation that the lead raised within the reader. Unfortunately, like products bought in a store, features often promise more than they deliver. They tell the reader in the lead that the information they contain will be of interest or help to the reader, but they might turn out to be neither interesting nor helpful. The body should contain the substance of the article, and it should be what the reader has been led to expect. News writers using the inverted pyramid generally do not have to worry about the ending of their stories. Feature writers need to take care how a story ends. The ending of a story may be used to put the story in some perspective, to answer any lingering questions that a reader may have or to make a final point about the story’s subject. The major point about an ending is that a writer should not allow a story to go on too long. Like any other writer, the feature writer should stop writing when there is nothing of substance left to say. ...
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Anime: A Lifelong Passion
By: (Student’s Name)
If you are a member of the Florida International University Anime Club, you definitely know
Jeanette Nunez. As a young girl, Jeanette had always wanted to be an animation creator. At the
time, she would draw comic strips and write comic strip stories.
Julio, her older brother, introduced her to “Ghost in the Shell,” a feature-length Japanese manga
film from 1995. The story ensues in New Port City in the year 2029. This period of time is
heavily endowed with vast and rapid refurbishments in technology. Its technology is used in
buildings, constructions, and humans in the like manner. In this world, people have bodies that
resemble that of robots. Others have special powers such as invisibility and super strength. The
film follows M...

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