In unit 3.5, we learned how to write a feature story.
Before beginning the planning process for my feature story, I had to pick one of the 15 prompts given for the feature story. After considering which prompt I thought I could cover thoroughly in a few interviews, I finally chose the question: What are the best excuses faculty members hear most often from students who miss classes, assignments and tests?
In the past week, I have come up with interview questions for both students and faculty. The questions I created will help me get the information I need to create a correct tone and stance for my feature story. My interview questions are:
Interview Questionnaire – Students
After writing these interview questions, I chose which kind of lead I was going to use and started receive and organize my interview answers.
In this process, I am picking up how to write a feature story from the outside looking in. As a student, it has been hard to keep my opinion out of my story. However, this is necessary in a feature story. Knowing how to structure an interesting and inverted pyramid-style story is important for a PR professional, because this kind of writing is used time and time again. I like this assignment because it is an opportunity to be creative while still being newsworthy. I'd love to know how professionals make feature stories credible and interesting, even in situations where they cannot as easily use interviews or other peoples' opinions!