More on story #4 soon. But due the last day of class will be Story #5, the news feature story. Here are some examples of what I mean. You could write about anything, but remember: 1) no conflict of interest, 2) think of the news hook (why now?), 3) use primary, expert sources, 4) focus on one topic.
This year will be unlike any other final assignment in that getting direct access to sources (face-to-face interviews) and places will be difficult. You might have to do Zoom or other video interviews, or get creative. No doubt the COVID-19 pandemic will influence many stories as event’s have been cancelled or reimagined virtually. Profiles will be a solid pick this year, and there is no shortage of newsworthy people out there who have been part of this health crisis, or impacted by it. We can talk more about that but I just wanted to get you thinking of finding a subject to feature for the final paper.
Historical feature, such as this one. The 50th anniversary of the first woman to run the Boston Marathon.
Adventure feature, an exciting or harrowing experience like this one about a boy lost in the waves.
Seasonal features: tied to season or holiday like Mother’s Day
How to do it features, like a health story about how to breath properly.
Occupation or hobby stories. How about this story of a 17-year-old rock climber.
Behind-the-Scenes feature, like this one on staging a ballet production.
Here is one (more a review, but still OK) on another theater production.
Here is a trend story on Sriracha sauce.
A profile on author William Zinsser.
A feature on a newsworthy place, a kitchen for food start-ups.