October 24, 2005

Chapter 11 AP Guide to Newswriting

In Chapter 11: "A View from the Poets' Corner," the ideas of how to write features are now much easier to understand. Not to mention, as much as this feels like I'm telling a story, it's still actually news, and I, as the journalist, can only create so much. The story still has to be a news story. But the difference between a feature and a hard news story is that a feature's structure is more broad and open. A feature does not have to follow the inverted pyramid structure. At the same time, it is still one of the most difficult pieces to write, because you cannot display full emotion, but you can play on the heartstrings of the reader.

I read the Hal Boyle feature on page 106. The story about the life and death of a cow, and how the young girl was affected simply by an ordinary day on a farm is remarkable. And Boyle doesn't have to come out and say "The girl was very sad." He still has quotes and some facts to back up the girl's emotions. What I love most about this feature, is that the ending is just as strong as the beginning. The editor could never cut out the ending of the story, because of the effect it leaves on the audience.

This upcoming feature article will be tough, but it is definitely a challenge I am looking forward too. If you got anything else from this chapter, then blog me.

Posted by The Gentle Giant at October 24, 2005 10:23 AM

I loved the story about the NJ Turnpike best, because it validated everything I'm always telling people about my home state. It's not such a chemical dump afterall...

Seriously, though, I really felt that this was a good chapter. Like our creative writing teachers are always telling us, it shows instead of tells, giving us specific examples of good features and gives us things to emulate.

Posted by: Johanna at October 24, 2005 05:02 PM

I think that the New Jersey turnpike was a very good story as well. I truly enjoyed the Hal Boyle story though because it really plays on the heart-strings more than any other story. That's just how I feel. Thank you for commenting though

Posted by: Jason Pugh at November 10, 2005 07:57 PM
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