Features and Magazine Reporting! Course Outline

Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University

 

COURSE COMPACT

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:

  1. Meaning of basic concepts in Feature writing and magazine reporting.
  2. The difference between news stories and features
  3. Structure and contents of features
  4. How to write features
  5. The different types of features
  6. Writing featurized magazine stories
  7. Fundamentals of investigative reporting

 

 

 (C). METHOD OF LECTURE DELIVERY

  1. Lectures
  2. Indoor Quizzes
  3. Outdoor Quizzes (Assignments)
  4. Practical Classroom Sessions

 

COURSE OUTLINE

  1. Introduction

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

 

  1. Types of Feature Stories

Informative

Explanatory

Personality

Personal experience

Human interest

Direct Address

Capsule

Special event

How-to-do-it

 

  1. Approaches to Feature Story Writing

Descriptive

Direct address

Hour glass

Narrative

 

  1. Sources of Ideas for Feature Stories

The Media

Library

Topical issues

 

  1. Structure of a Feature Story

The head (Caption)

The Neck (Lead)

The Body (main story content)

 

  1. Writing a Feature Story: Basic Steps

Choosing a topic

Preliminary research

Collating materials

Outline

Writing the story

Crosschecking fact

 

  1. Meaning and Nature of Magazine Reporting

What is magazine reporting?

Magazine story writing

  1. Investigative Reporting

What is investigative reporting?

Basic steps in Investigative reporting

Investigative interviewing

Terrains of Investigative reporting

Relevance of investigative reporting skills to Feature Writing

 

RECOMMENDED TEXTS

 

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.

IMPORTANT LINKS

1. Tips for writing a feature article

2. Writing a feature story: Beginner’s guide

 

The Author

Chinenye Nwabueze

Nwabueze is a communication researcher with several years of lecturing experience in Nigerian universities.

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