Feature Stories

A feature story is a type of news story that focuses on the human interest element and adds depth and perspective to a regular news story by choosing a more narrative approach. It is also used to highlight a specific issue, considered of interest by the writer.
Despite its non-fiction style, feature story has an informal air, but lately even newspapers choose to formulate their news in a feature way so it becomes more attractive to the public.

When considering writing a featured story, preparing for it is very important. Before starting typing, you should "test the waters".
Very useful is reading other featured stories, especially in the area you want to write one.
Except from getting used to the language and style, you can also notice a specific pattern in featured stories that might help you later in organizing yours.

Gathering the information for your story is the next step. It is crucial that you verify your sources and the validity of the information. Try to refine all the data so that is suits best for your purpose. Come up with anecdotes and stories that attract the readers.

Anticipate the reaction of the public. Your story has a purpose: to inform , to sensitize, to call for an action. Analyze the reaction that other stories had on people , read the comments and responses. Choose a form of story that delivers the expected results. See what people want to read.

The actual development of the featured story consists of structuring all the information in an interesting, appealing piece of text.
Follow the classic pattern. Use an introduction, the main body and the ending.

The introduction plays a crucial role, because here the reader decides if he'll read the whole story or stop there. A general idea about the story should be presented here and curiosity should be built.
Start with an assumption or a general theme that you back up later with opinions and arguments.
Make sure you begin in a powerful manner and keep your readers interested.

Developing the story, make it as catchy as possible, feature both real and fictional facts. Mix the news with the human perspective and focus on the expected reaction.
Add illustrative stories and anecdotes to give it a more informal and friendly feeling.

Ending is extremely important. Make sure you make your point clear and give a powerful conclusion. Depending on what your expectations are concerning your reader's reaction, you can induce a certain feeling, call for compassion, for action or help.
Write the ending so that the readers feel embolden to make a change, to act.

After having written the feature story, it's advisable to ask for an objective opinion.
Before publishing it, an outside view can help you improve it so that it brings you the expected result.