Feature Writing: A Practical Introduction by Susan Pape

By Susan Pape

This booklet offers a realistic and richly informative advent to add writing and the wider context within which gains reporters function. in addition to protecting the foremost components and detailed good points that represent strong function writing, Feature Writing: a pragmatic creation additionally bargains a wealthy source of genuine lifestyles examples, case reviews, and routines. Authors Susan Pape and Sue Featherstone have drawn on their substantial shared event to supply a superb and fascinating grounding within the rules and perform of characteristic writing.


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Identify five potential features and make a list of the people you would need to interview for each one. Remember you will need to include an authoritative voice as well as human interest sources. qxd 1/31/2006 5:17 PM Page 23 3 INTERVIEWING The joy of interviewing interesting people is almost infinite … I can think of dozens such interviews where, even while I worried about my next question and whether the tape would run out, I was aware that I was experiencing a golden privilege. L. Barber in S.

Their home or office might be best if it’s a straightforward interview. qxd 30 1/31/2006 5:17 PM Page 30 FEATURE WRITING If the interviewee is planning to fly solo round the world, walk from Land’s End to John O’Groats or abseil down the side of Britain’s highest building, it might be more atmospheric to meet them at the airport, out in the country or amidst their climbing kit (and it would certainly make more sense if you were taking a photographer with you – more of which later). Check that the location is convenient for you too.

Glover, The Penguin Book of Journalism: Secrets of the Press (2000: 205) This chapter: • examines some of the ways in which a feature interview differs from a news interview • considers the research needed before an interview • looks at the practicalities of setting up an interview • includes guidance on the general rules of interviewing. qxd 24 1/31/2006 5:17 PM Page 24 FEATURE WRITING Joke: What is the difference between a barrister and a journalist? Answer: Several hundred pounds an hour. Boom boom.

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