MCom 100w

Writing Workshop

Feature story checklist

As you begin working on your final feature or trend story — your final assignment for this class — you might want to download this handy-dandy Checklist for Feature Writing.

It’s a good reminder of a lot of the things we’ve gone over in class this semester. For example, this checklist will remind you to include enough description to give your reader an accurate picture of the place or event you’re writing about, and of any key people in your story. It reminds you to make sure you have enough primary sources — people you’ve interviewed — to make your story credible. (FYI, for a 1,000-1,200 word story, you should have a bare minimum of three sources; four to six would be better.) It reminds you to include quotes and anecdotes to add variety and interest to your story, and to use specific examples in place of generalities.

As always, be sure to carefully proofread your final feature, which is due on or before your final exam day for this class (see the class schedule for dates). AP style errors, grammatical errors, misspellings and other typos will take a big bite out of your grade. Make sure your double-check the spelling of all names and places: a fact error will cut your grade in half … and there are no rewrites for this assignment.


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