Feature article

The writing of feature articles is one of the most prominent genres in newspapers and magazines today. A feature article is not “breaking news”. The author of a feature article has taken the time to research and get to know his or her subject. The article has facts but they may be presented in a more subjective way, the author may have an “angle” in his or her article. Therefore characteristics of the feature article are:

  • Not “hard news”
  • Can be profiles, travel writing, “how-to” texts, inspirational texts
  • May make extensive use of literary techniques such a metaphors, similes
  • Language more evocative, embellished than a straight-forward news article
  • Can be more personal and subjective
  • Will most likely appeal more to the reader’s senses, aiming for a particular response

feature article