What are possible topics for a feature article?
I am to do an assignment at school which requires me to research a topic that will interest the public; expressing a specific opinion about that topic i.e. coming from a certain angle. It should also be a piece of writing that would be suitable for a newspaper or magazine.
I was thinking something along the lines of Global Warming, Alternative Energy Resources/Society's Dependence on Crude oil or something to do with Australian Politics (since I'm Australian :)).
I would also like to know the possible viewpoints/opinions that I can express in the writing as well.
Thanks in advance.
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Can I be completely honest with you? How interested are you (really) in global warming? How interested is anyone, at this point? It is one of the most overly debated topics in society right now, and in a school newspaper, I simply can't see that being interesting - no matter how well you write it. :) Sadly, the same thing is true for alternative energy and politics...
When writing feature articles in newspapers (or magazines, or any other publication really) the first thing a good author thinks about is this: Who is my audience and what do they care about? Well, who is your audience in a school newspaper? Students and teachers - and really, more students than teachers.
Write about a social topic kids are currently living out - something that not only pertains directly to them, but perhaps something they don't know about things they do EVERY SINGLE DAY. Here are some things that come to mind:
- Technology: dangers of cell phones, facebook, texting, etc. (trust me, not only do these exist, but it would be easy to write about and easy to make relevant to your peers).
- Relationships: are teens talking to their parents more or less these days? Why? Are most teenagers happy/satisfied with their friendships/relationships at school? Why?
- Body image: I know this one is border-line overdone, but the fact is, it is always relevant to teenagers.
- Stress: are graduation requirements creating more stress than good? What makes teenage lives so stressful? Healthy ways of coping with teenage stress... etc.
Anyway, hope some of these things get your creative juices flowing. I personally think the best research papers come from a topic that is immediately applicable to your life. Sure alternative energy and global warming exist, but when you start researching you are going to find that these topics are almost too big to make relevant at this point. I'd narrow it down to an age demographic (yours) and go from there.
Thank you so much :) I really appreciate the help; I think your suggestion about technology will be a good topic for me to focus on. You've definitely got my creative juices flowing now :) haha. Once again, thank you.
Researching an article to appear in a public newspaper or magazine is very different than researching an article for a school newspaper. All feature articles should take into account the audience they will reach and the specific interests of that audience.
Public newspapers and magazines feature topics on political issues, world disasters, world hunger, world peace, current technology trends and articles on influence and important people.
Refine your search for a subject matter that is relevant to the people in your area. A good example is the flooding that is taking place in many parts of the world. Refine your research to one or more of the following:
1. Describe the area affected by the flood.
2. Describe the people in the area and how it has affected them.
3. Where to find assistance for flood victims.
4. Possible proactive ways to avoid flooding in the future.
5. Government reaction to the flood area and what they are doing for the people.
6. Insurance issues for individuals in the flood area. This would include could they buy flood insurance, what insurance companies provide flood insurance, how good is the flood insurance and so on.
Don't be afraid to go outside of the box and research controversial subjects such as gay rights, abortion and other issues. Find a topic that is interesting to you. Expand on the topic using who, what, when, where and how.
we have been given the same homework and we are supposed to even take photos and edit..so when i talk about relationships and abortion how am i supposed to find such photos?
I used to write feature articles in our school paper. Whenever I lack ideas, I always check out the newspaper for current issues. What's happening in my city? Country? The world? There would always be things people never stop talking about like global warming, globalization, corruption, poverty, abortion, gay marriage, etc.
You could also feature someone, a person of importance that would interest your readers. Like maybe your principal who has a secret hobby.
You can always talk about what's new with the school, the students, the teachers. "How students deal with stress" or "Does relationships affect studies" or even "How facebook affects social relationships"
One thing I love about writing feature is that the author is allowed to write with an open mind and there is a wide range of topics.
Topics can be related to local issues.
1. Social media and technology
2. students and cell phone usage in school
3. Drunk Driving
4. Local authors.
5. Book Review
6. Local dining review.
7. Animal shelter
8. Art or Museum
9.Student Blog review.
10. Local sports events
11. small business interviews.
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