Deeper, diverse and detailed: Feature writing
NEWS features tend to contain more comment, analysis, colour, background and a greater diversity of sources than news stories and explore a larger number of issues at greater depth. It is the extra length which accounts for many of the distinguishing elements of features. In particular, their intro. sections, where the overall tone of the piece is set, tend to be more colourful and varied in style than those of hard news. A feature may argue a case; the personal views of the writer may be prominent. But the emphasis is still on the news.