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Chapter 13: Features: Illuminating the World
Features: Illuminating the World
Newsweek magazine said it wanted colour, quotes and anecdotes, when it offered a job to broadcaster and foreign correspondent Robin Lustig (BJR, September 2008). That is not a bad formula for features.
Anything in a newspaper which is not a news story or an advertisement is a feature. Features include the crossword, the horoscope, the TV programmes. However, this chapter uses a narrower definition. A feature here is what most readers would call an article. Features in this sense illuminate the world – the world of news, the world of people, the world as people experience it. They must therefore be well researched – see Chapters 2 and 3 – so that they tell readers something new.
Features can be ...