October 23, 2005

Newswriting - AP Guide to Newswriting C. 11

The poetics of feature writing appeal more to the person interested into events outside the realm of perhaps current events, or people in the news - constantly. This writing gives a new spin and an enjoyable, creative outlet to author works that are of areas of particular interest to those concerned with human interests. Feature writing not only disects trends, but it also tells where they were born. Not only do features focus on humans, but they give the writer a certain flexibility not seen in writing news pieces. It is sort of like Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea, a reader gets a lot of detail because every word - in every sentence matters. Feature writing showcases a person or event, but each word needs to make an impact in order for the piece to be effective and not flowery. For instance, in this chapter, the word ukase was use: interestingly enough, not only does the word mean an order, decree or edict, but it also means a proclamation of a czar having the force of law in imperial Russia. This word was important to the sentences in it's proximity because those sentences discuss rebellion and restriction. A reader has to know the meaning of the word, in order to get the joke the writer is playing. Features, can be creative and clever, but also a chance for a writer to display their interest and knowledge while flexing a linguistic muscle that isn't seen in the confines of the newswriting gym.

Posted by KatieAikins at October 23, 2005 4:13 PM