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NEWS FEATURE ASSIGNMENT

The first draft of your news feature is due ________. Your topic will be the problems faced by people who work while also attending classes at Bucks County Community College. If you want to do a different topic discuss it with me. You should choose a topic that is specific enough to be manageable. For instance, if you decide to write about "crime," the topic is so large and undefined that you'll quickly become lost.

News features typically follow this format:

ANECDOTAL LEAD

You open your story with an anecdote about a specific person that illustrates your topic. For instance, if you are writing about working students, you might start your story by showing the student at work, or at school. Your anecdotal lead should run no more than 3-4 grafs.

NUT GRAPH

This follows your anecdotal lead. The nut graph can be one or several graphs that outline the angle of your story. State plainly and clearly what the story is about, what your main theme and point is.

EXPAND ON THE THEME

The rest of your story explains and proves the angle outlined in your nut graph. You should include more anecdotes and quotes from real people, quotes from experts on the topic, and statistics that back up your story. Stories without any hard statistics or data will be downgraded.

Check the Writers to Read web page. Read the news features by Angelo Henderson and Ron Suskind. You'll see that, for the most part, they follow this format fairly closely.

Your news feature should be AT LEAST four typed pages. Remember, I'm looking for good writing and solid, thorough reporting.