What is the difference between reporting the news and writing a feature for a newspaper?

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When writing a news article, the purpose of the article is to objectively and accurately present the facts of the situation. By definition, "news" involves events that are out of the ordinary; news reporting, therefore, is responsible for informing the public about the event and its impact. News articles are written to present the most important information first, with supporting details presented later, usually in declining order of importance.

An easy way of insuring that all important information is included in a news story is to answer the 5 W's and an H questions: Who? What? Where? When? Why? How? A news article that answers all of these questions should have all of the relevant information covered.

Feature articles provide information but tend to focus on human interest topics instead of factually-based news. Feature articles could include advice columns, entertainment reviews, interviews with celebrities, or other "soft news." Feature articles usually include answers to some of the basic questions, but may not cover all those areas. Feature articles may be written in a more creative or less structured format than news articles.

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