As a journalist, I am ashamed to admit this.
I am not a fan of hard news. You know, the type that tells you exactly what’s happening without any pizzazz. I’ve never enjoyed writing it, and I don’t enjoy reading it either.
Don’t misconstrue my words, I do read it. But I’d much rather read or write about a person’s perspective of the news.
Features are an incredible thing. They stick with you longer than hard news.
Last semester, I wrote a feature about Dr. Jason Warnick, an associate professor of psychology. He was the co-organizer of the Bone Marrow Drive Tech held.
I’ve already forgotten exact details about the drive, but I’ll always remember the interview I had with him.
He was so passionate about the event. His passion moved me, and I became passionate about it as well. Through my story, hundreds more students heard about the event.
Writing from a person’s perspective makes the story much more meaningful to me. But then again, I’m a sucker for a good story.
In my eyes, news and features are like an iceberg. What you see above the water is the facts about the story: the news. The massive chunk below the surface is the feature. I could easily write an entire book about a person’s story.
The most beautiful thing about features is that they can be about anyone and anything. It doesn’t even have to be based around an event.
When I meet an interesting person on campus, the first thing I think is, “Wow, I should write a feature about them.”
I never saw the importance of features until I had to write one for a class last year.
I observed the people around me for days, no one standing out to me.
One morning, I was in line for a smoothie outside of the cafeteria and the woman working started a conversation with me.
It was more than small talk. She truly wanted to hear what I had to say.
I stuck around for a few minutes and noticed she cared about everyone.
No one left the smoothie bar lonely.
I would have never known she has endured hardship after hardship in her life.
This woman sparked my love for features. She made me see people in a different way.
Simply put, features are underrated.
In a world full of constant news and business, we forget people are what matter the most. Features bring us back to the start.
We see thousands of faces every day and never stop to think about what their stories are. Everyone has a story to tell.