The feature article attempts to touch readers on a visceral
Unlike news articles that discuss the facts about
a current situation or an event, feature articles cover topics that touch the reader on a more personal level. For example,
a straight news article will report on the details of a four-alarm fire at the headquarters of an environmental advocacy group.
But a feature article might discuss the activities of the environmental advocacy group and the issues that it addresses.
A feature article, like the news article, is a non-fiction piece of writing. Its goal is to
inform, teach, or entertain the reader. Sometimes it could be all three. Some other characteristics of the feature article
include the following:
• Provides in-depth information on a specific
• May take on a persuasive tone
• Can be more creative
• Targets the reader’s
interests and emotions
• Provides facts, not opinions
are primarily published in magazines and newspapers but can also be found in newsletters and on the Internet.
They fall into several different categories including the following:
• Personal experience
Although feature articles differ from straight news articles, they also
provide current and factual information about various topics.