Posted by: Caitlin Cavanaugh | September 27, 2010

Writing a feature story is harder than it seems

The article on Rob Gifford was one of the hardest assignments I’ve ever been given, but I have never felt so proud of something before. Given it wasn’t my best work, but I was thrilled that I had been able to finish an article in such a short amount of time. That assignment also showed me that I’m finally learning how to take notes. I was able to get down many the major quotes even while he was talking about something else.

This week in Harrower I read about the different styles of feature articles and I must admit that I didn’t know so many of them existed. It’s interesting to learn that there are more than just a few ways to write an article. It also made me intrigued to look into writing and making the graphics for the sidebars and infographics. They seem so simple, but they are as informative as the articles.

I also find it interesting that the more I learn about the news the more I notice in the world. Such as reading an article and noticing where the quotes are and how they are attributed or watching the news to see what the feature story is. The more I learn the more I notice and the more I notice the more I want to learn. It’s an interesting cycle that I hope will continue as the semester moves along.

At first I was hesitant to all the assignments I’d have in this class, but slowly as the semester progresses I find myself loving the numerous assignments. The articles I have to write with a deadline are teaching me how to write accurately and quickly. While these Harrower assignments teach me the basics and the technicalities of writing an article. It’s also amazing to watch all my work come together and improve as the weeks go on, I’m excited to see my writing improve in the future.


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