“Feature” journalism is a news genre that focuses on in-depth profiles, stories or other long-form content that tells a story or provides background and context on a specific topic or issue. Features are typically more “interpretive” and “subjective” than other types of journalism, and may include the writer’s personal views and perspectives.
Guidelines for journalists to follow when writing in the feature genre include:
- Clearly Label Feature Pieces: Feature pieces should be clearly labeled so that readers know they are reading in-depth and interpretive content that may include the writer’s personal views and perspectives.
- Disclose any conflicts of interest: If the writer has any conflicts of interest that may affect their views or opinions, these should be disclosed in the piece.
- Respect the views and opinions of others: Writers and readers should respect the views and opinions of others, even if they disagree. This means avoiding personal attacks and harassment, and instead engaging in respectful and constructive debate.
- Present factual information accurately: Feature journalism should be based on accurate and factual information, and should be thoroughly researched and fact-checked.
- Use reliable sources: Feature journalism should rely on reliable sources, such as credible experts or documented evidence, to support the findings and conclusions presented.
By following these guidelines, journalists can help ensure that feature journalism is presented in a responsible and transparent way and that readers are able to understand and evaluate the writer’s perspective.