Feature Writing 101:
– Be objective. You are the narrator, not the main character.
– Write in third person. Do not use: I, you, we, our, etc.
– Write in AP style.
– Use short paragraphs. Usually, one to three sentences. Five at the most.
– Write a lead that hooks the reader. Should be one sentence.
– Use quotes and attribute them. Start the sentence with the quote and then use said. Example: “This challenge is the real deal,” Chiara said.
– Hyperlink if possible. Especially, if it will clear up confusion or gives more context.
– Check for spelling and grammar. EDIT in layers.
AP Style Guide: Purdue Online Writing Lab
Names: Full name on first reference. Only last name with no titles after that.
Example: Adam Chiara, a professor at University of Hartford, taught a class on AP style. Chiara knew his students would dislike him for it.
Titles: Capitalize a title if it’s before the name. If used after, it’s lowercase.
Example: Gov. Jane Smith is considering running for another term. Smith, who has been governor for seven years, …
Quotes: Commas and periods inside the quotation mark. If the quote is the beginning of the sentence, the first letter is capital. If the quote is a continuation, the first letter is lowercase. More details on quotes.
Example: “This challenge is the real deal,” Chiara said. He said it’s not the time that’s the problem but, “getting up in the early morning is hard for me.”
Location: Town, Conn. | Town, Conn., more text… | However, if you just mention the state, it is written out.
Example: He lives in Connecticut. He grew up in Hartford, Conn., before now living in West Hartford, Conn.
Dates: Oct. 21, more text…. | He was born in October.
Example: He was born on Oct. 21, 2015. His mom is happy is was born in October.
Numbers: Zero to nine is written out. 10 and higher is a number (unless the paragraph starts with a number, then write it out).
Time: 5 a.m. — 3 p.m.
Money: $100,000 — $1 million — $7.25. You do not follow the rules for numbers above.
Example: First he owed him $7.25, then $100,000, and the $1 million.
Interview your classmate, and write a 500-word story about why they came to CCSU, and profile who they are as a student.
Include a picture, relevant hyperlinks, and quotes. Follow the feature writing 101 rules and use AP style. Also, follow the aesthetic lessons we’ve learned about creating a good visual post.
Homework: Write a 500- to 750-word feature story on your blog.
The story can be a profile of someone (cannot be a family member or friend – you won’t be objective), about an event, or profiling a business/organization.
- follow the feature writing 101 standards
- follow AP style
- include at least two original quotes recorded by you
- have at least one original picture shot by you (use the techniques we’ve learned in class)
- include at least one relevant hyperlink
- put in a category on your blog
- incorporate other lessons we’ve learned in this class about aesthetics, SEO, etc.
Email me the post before the start of next class