Conventions of feature articles and news articles (Layout of Feature…
Conventions of feature articles and news articles
Subject matter of Feature Articles
Feature Articles are usually longer than News Reports and Columns and are written about a range of topics including
Layout of Feature Articles
Feature Articles generally include a synopsis as part of the byline. The synopsis provides the reader with information about the content of the text. The synopsis is usually referred to as the 'Stand Out' or ' Write Off'.
Feature Articles include a byline. The byline states the name of the writer.
A photograph , graphics, illustration or cartoon usually accompanies Feature Articles.
The text is written in column format.
A Break Out Box may support Feature Articles. A Break Out Box appears next to the news report and provides readers with related factual information about the topic. Information in the Break Out Box includes the use of technical terms, explanations, graphics and statistics.
Several types and sizes of font are used.
Colour is often used in either the headline and /or photograph(s).
Featuer Articles are usually much longer than news reports and may or may not be linked to a current 'hard news' event.
Characteristics of a Feature Article
Contain depth of character and /or issues , offering background information about the subject.
Are usually timeless - they are just as acceptable for publication this week or next month.
Provide more detail often including extensive research.
Provide the reader with an understanding of the writer's attitude toward his / her subject matter with the careful use of tone.
Provide a forum for ideas, attitudes, reasons, feelings and background.
Language and Grammatical Characteristics of Feature Articles
Paragraphs of one to four sentences are used in newspaper Feature Articles.
Inverted commas indicate direct quotations
Quotes from eyewitnesses, sources or experts are included in the text.
Individual speakers who are quoted in a Feature Article often use emotive language
Feature Articles are more creative in the use of language than a news report
Feature Articles contain objective material but often appeal to emotions.
The vocabulary includes many words that relate to the specific subject discussed.
An extensive written vocabulary is used.
Contractions are often used to create a 'chatty / informal' person-to-person tone.