November 24, 2007

A Newspaper Novella

Aside from the kind of disturbing title ("Metal to Bone"? Seriously? Sounds a little horror movie-ish to me), Anne Hull's article paints a vivid picture of the people involved in the story (I almost typed "characters" here, but remembered this wasn't prose, although it read like it) and gives the reader further insight than a regular article ever would.

Again, I find this to be another article that goes against the norm of regular journalism writing. Sure, it's a feature piece, and you can apparently do whatever you want in a feature piece, but the long sentences and witty quips ("Don't break a nail, honey") seem pretty different than the newswriting we are being taught. To make a reference to a class I'm currently taking, an article like this seems almost more like a personal essay, due to the description and tone of the work. Sometimes the reader just wants the stripped down information about an incident, but sometimes, we want to know the people behind the facts.

Posted by VanessaKolberg at November 24, 2007 11:12 AM | TrackBack

You feel that it gave the readers insight, I felt that it was exposing a poor family, in order for Hull to gain attention.

Posted by: Jeremy Barrick at November 24, 2007 3:48 PM

Actually, it's not uncommon for reporters to think of their sources as "characters." Actually, if you are writing a story in which somebody important is not reachable, if the person is missing or in a coma, and you're doing a feature on that person, then you have to use techniques that are that same as if you were writing fiction from a third-person limited point of view. If you can't interview a person who needs to be central to the story, that person isn't a source, but is still a character in your story.

Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at November 24, 2007 5:57 PM
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