Feature Response

I would think that the first story took the most effort to write and report, since the reporter for a Detroit paper had to go to Mexico for the interview and photos. The high school story might have taken the least, since all three kids featured attend the school. I was definitely least interested in the story about the football player, but the style was engaging and I read it easily to the end. The story about Yegon was much more interesting. I enjoyed the visual of him catching buses and running barefoot, the strength of his determination. It became tedious, though, at some point. It started strong, but it lost me about three quarters of the way through. I think to be effective in feature writing, you have to find ways to keep readers’ attention. There are so many things they could be reading with their time. Don’t save all your good stuff for the end, or use it up in the first half. Unfold the profile in a way that reveals little exciting things about your subject at a time, like getting to know someone in real life.

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  1. “Unfold the profile in a way that reveals little exciting things about your subject at a time, like getting to know someone in real life.” This is really good insight, Page. I’m going to steal this 🙂

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