MD5108: Feature Writing

MD5108: Feature Writing

Please note this module descriptor is indicative of the structure of this course and may be subject to change.

Module Title Feature Writing
Module Code MD5108
Module Tutor Jon Palmer
School School of Media
CAT Points 15
Level of Study 5
Brief Description

This module will introduce students to the exciting world of feature writing across the full range of media (newspapers, magazines, online, specialist publications, literary journalism). Students will read widely; gain an overview of the breadth of subjects, styles and formats that feature writing encompasses; and will learn about the opportunities available to feature writers in industry. The emphasis will be on honing interviewing techniques, research and investigation methods, and writing carefully targeted, concise, and engaging copy of publishable quality.

Indicative Syllabus

This module will be delivered in seminars/workshops, with students researching and writing a range of topical features. Students will learn about the different genres of features, how to generate story ideas and pitch them, along with how to offer and reflect on constructive feedback from their peers. They will receive instruction in how to structure and sharpen their prose to appeal to particular target readerships, tabloid and broadsheet. There will be exercises in observation and colour-writing, providing context and analysis, carrying out journalistic investigations and conducting in-depth, face-to-face interviews in order to craft revealing profiles and human interest features.

Learning Outcomes

A student passing this module should be able to:

  1. Find and formulate a wide range of compelling feature ideas.
  2. Engage positively and effectively in the pitching process.
  3. Reflect on and respond to constructive criticism in order to refine first drafts.
  4. Submit colourful and compelling copy to stated deadlines and for appropriate audiences .
  5. Work as a self-reflective journalist with an appreciation of ethical boundaries.
Learning and Teaching Activities Scheduled Contact Hours: 36
Independent Learning Hours: 114
Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 100% Portfolio: 2000 words or equivalent
Special Assessment Requirements
Indicative Resources The current reading list can be found in the Module Guide, which your lecturer should make available via Moodle.

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