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University of Cape Town: Developing Feature Stories

Learn how to write rigorous and compelling feature stories in this course from the University of Cape Town.

Developing Feature Stories
4 weeks
2–4 hours per week
Progress at your own speed
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About this course

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Feature stories tell a compelling story, but they are built on fact and require writers to have in-depth reporting and research skills. This course will put you on the right path in your journey toward writing rigorous and compelling feature stories. You will learn the art and craft of finding feasible, yet ''newsworthy'', and ''photographable'' story ideas. Throughout the course, you will explore the process of gathering information and accessing different sources, different research methods, as well as common practices when conducting interviews.


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  • Language: English
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What you'll learn

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  • Skills to analyze what makes a story idea worthy.

  • Methods to develop a feasible story idea.

  • The ability to compare and contrast ordinary talk with interviewing, and analyze interview techniques.

This course is part of Feature Journalism Professional Certificate Program

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Expert instruction
3 skill-building courses
Progress at your own speed
3 months
2 - 4 hours per week

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