Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University
2018/2019 Academic Session
Faculty: Social Sciences Department: Mass Communication
Course Code: MAC 211 Unit(s): 2 Semester: First
Course Title: Features and Magazine Reporting
Lecturer: Dr, Chinenye Nwabueze Programme: B.Sc.
(A). BRIEF OVERVIEW OF COURSE
This course is designed to expose students to in-depth understanding of the feature article writing and the basics of magazine reporting. It provides practical and informative knowledge on feature writing concepts, types, techniques and approaches, including how to write featurized magazine reports. It further explains distinctive features of good feature story and basic steps in investigative reporting required in writing a rich feature story.
(B). COURSE OBJECTIVES/GOALS
By the end of this course, students will have learned:
- Meaning of basic concepts in Feature writing and magazine reporting.
- The difference between news stories and features
- Structure and contents of features
- How to write features
- The different types of features
- Writing featurized magazine stories
- Fundamentals of investigative reporting
(C). METHOD OF LECTURE DELIVERY
- Indoor Quizzes
- Outdoor Quizzes (Assignments)
- Practical Classroom Sessions
Definition of concepts (Feature Story, Magazine reporting)
Why journalists write feature stories
Difference between feature stories and straight news reports
Characteristics of a feature story
- Types of Feature Stories
- Approaches to Feature Story Writing
- Sources of Ideas for Feature Stories
- Structure of a Feature Story
The head (Caption)
The Neck (Lead)
The Body (main story content)
- Writing a Feature Story: Basic Steps
Choosing a topic
Writing the story
- Meaning and Nature of Magazine Reporting
What is magazine reporting?
Magazine story writing
- Investigative Reporting
What is investigative reporting?
Basic steps in Investigative reporting
Terrains of Investigative reporting
Relevance of investigative reporting skills to Feature Writing
Pape, S. & Featherstone, S. (2008). Feature Writing: A Practical Introduction. London: SAGE Publications.
Nwabueze, C. (2014). The Art of Investigative Reporting: A Practical Guide (2nd Edition). Owerri: Topshelve.