Writing a feature

A feature is a longer piece of writing than a news story. Features come in many different types and are widely used in magazines, newspapers and online.

A feature will often cover an issue in greater depth than a news story would do; or it might look at an ongoing story from a different angle.

Photograph of Sunday papers

Feature articles can often be found in the Sunday papers

News Story vs Feature

This table compares some of the characteristics of news stories and features. Remember that these are not hard and fast rules. There can be overlap between the two genres.

For example, a recent news item can be covered in a news feature. Or a news article can abandon the inverted pyramid structure to cover a human interest story using more detail and emotion.

Infographic explaining differences between news stories and features

Differences between a news story and a feature