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Feature & Column Writing - MCM514 - VU Video Lectures

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Importance Of Language, Concept And Scope Of Feature.
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Sources Of Material, Sources For Feature Writing, Commemorations, Social And Cultural Sources, Science And Technology, Psychological Features, Expositional And Instructional Feature, Investigational Features.
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Internet Usage In Feature Writing, Rationale For Evaluating What You Find On The Web, Internet As A Very Sophisticated Propagandist, Use Of Journalistic Filters, Website Checklist, The Publishing Body, Accuracy Or Verifiability Of Details, Search Engines, Techniques To Apply & Questions To Ask, What Can The Url Tell You?, Is It Somebody's Personal Page?, What Are The Implications?, What Type Of Domain Does It Come From? Is It Published By An Entity That Makes Sense?, Techniques For Web Evaluation, Who Wrote The Page?.
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What Makes A Good Feature, Compose Collected Material And Data Efficiently, Meeting Demands Of Readers, Instruct And Entertain, Keen Observation, Written Off-The-Cuff, Constructive Approach, Suitability Of Style, Form And Content, Using Divergent Tools, Common And Personal Problems.
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Demands Of A Feature, Entertainment And Interest, Information And Guidance, Diagnosis Of Problems, Attractive Prose Pieces, Characteristics Of Features.
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Conducting And Writing Of Interviews, Kinds Of Interviews, In-Person Interviews, Telephonic Interviews, Group Session, Who To Interview?, Researching The Interviewee, Conducting The Interview, Watch Body Language., Attribution Guidelines, Note-Taking Tips, Tape Recorder Techniques, Writing The Interview.
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Writing Novelty Intros, When To Write Novelty Intros, Types Of Novelty Intros, Punch Or Astonisher Intros, Background Intros, Exclamatory Intros, Direct Quotation Intros, Question Intros, Description Intros, Parody Intro, Historical Or Mythological Allusion Intro.
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Structure Of Features.
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Selection Of Pictures, Illustrations And Maps, Reasons For Popularity Of Pictures, A Picture Communicates Better Than A Thousand Words, Selection Of Pictures, Keeping In Mind Editorial Policy Of The Newspaper, Usage Of Pictures, Sizing Of The Pictures, Blown Up Pictures, Usage Of Maps, Cropping Of Pictures, Layout Of Pictures.
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Features And Editorial Policy, Slanting Or Angling Feature.
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Human Interest And Feature Writing, Understanding The Human Interest Story.
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Newspaper Feature Story, Newspaper Feature Story Types, News And Timeless Features, Categories And Appeals, The Business Story, The Commemorative Story, The Explanatory Story, The First-Person Story, The Historical Story, The Hobbyist Story, The How-To Story, The Invention Story, The Medical Story, The Number Story, The Odd-Occupation Story, The Overview Story, The Participatory Story, The Profile Story, The Unfamiliar Visitor Story.
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The Newspaper Feature Story Idea.
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Magazine Feature Versus Dailies, Feature Versus Column, News And Editorial, Feature Versus Editorial, Magazine Temperament Versus Daily Paper, What It Entails To Be A Feature Writer For The Magazine?.
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Writing The Specialized Feature Story, The Deadline Feature Sidebar.
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Modren Feature And Its Treatment, Readers’ Constraints, Emphasis On Layout, Pictorial Importance, Interesting Headlines, On To Urdu Journalism.
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Modern Feature Writing Technique, The Blundell Technique.
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Advice To Feature Writers, A Guide To Better Writing, Three Rules Of Thumb To Avoid Making Mistakes, Three Rules Of Thumb For Writing Tightly.
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Column Writing, Scope And Importance For A Newspaper.
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Column Writing In Modern Age, Columnists And Columns, Most Sought-After Writers, Highly-Paid Writers, Subject Variety, Orientation Of Columnists.
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English And Urdu Columnists, Meeting Requirements Of Readers, More Of Anecdotal, Meant For A Widespread Readership, Using Column As A Popularity Tool, Difference In Treatment Of Subject, Using Less Devious Ways.
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Types Of Columns, Reporting-In-Depth Columns, Opinionated Columns, Gossip Columns, Humorous Columns, Essay Columns, Personality Diary Columns, Sports Column, Question And Answer Column, Standard Column, Political Columns, The Middle Column, The Hodge-Podge Column, Editorial Column, Specialized Columns, Miscellaneous Columns, Literary Columns.
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Objectives And Importance Of Columns, True Genuine Public Opinionpropagation Of Supreme Values, Colourful Statements, Direct Address To The Readers, Cater To Newspapers Needs, Unique Form Of Lively Journalism, Generalized And Specialized, Diversity Of Thought.
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Essentials Of The Formatting Of A Column.
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What Is Style?, Style Of Writing, Style And Approach, How Can A Columnist Improve It?.
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General Style Of The Column, Five General Styles, Unified Style, Anecdotal Style, Departmental Style, Unrelated-Facts-Style, Question-And-Answer Style.
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Structure Of A Column, Structure Because Of Content.
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Column Writing Tips, Write With Conviction, Maintain Your Focus, Understand Opposing Viewpoints, Refer To Facts, Use Analogies, Be Critical, Do Reporting, Localize And Personalize, Be Passionate, How Do You Write A Column?, Column Suggestions, Tips On Column Writing.
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Selection Of A Topic, Choose From The News Items Of Dailies, Appeal To The Geographically Connected People, Choosing News Scattered And Suiting To Mood.
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Qualities Of A Column Writer, Complete Knowledge About Laws And Ethics Of Journalism.
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What Must Be Practised By A Columnist?, Individuality-Cum-Novelty, Argument And Rationalism, Avoid Hyper Mannerism, Paragraphing, The Importance Of Argument And Rationalism Correct References Fluency And Avoiding Hyper Mannerism.
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Sources Of Material Of Columns, Four Important Factors, Column Types And Sources Of Material.
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Useful Writing Devices.
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Common Writing Problems, Eliminate Unnecessary Words, Eliminate Clichés, Don’t Overuse Adjectives And Adverbs, Don’t Use Too Many Big Words, Don’t Misuse Words, Don’t Be A Careless Speller, Avoid Jargon, Don’t Use Sexist Language, Don’t Mind-Read, Avoid Partial Quotes, Avoid Redundancies, Don’t Switch Tenses, Don’t Allow Inconsistencies In Style, Avoid Common Grammatical Mistakes, Don’t Misuse Ellipses, Avoid Exclamation Points, Don’t Mistreat Quotation Marks, Use Common Comma Sense.
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Writing The Column, Present Your Views While Keeping Others’ In Mind, Insert Minor Incidents To Keep It Interesting, Verifying The Facts Again And Again, Never Attack Others Who Can’t Answer, Keep Away From Your Personal Prejudices, Never Give Decisions Considering It Your Right, Encourage People Volunteering For Material, Never Play In The Hands Of Advertisers, Bring Out Lighter Aspect, Even Hidden One, Present The Unknown At Once, Go Back To Actual Topic After Any Digression, Give Balanced Views, Analysis And Criticism, Bring In Appropriate And Interesting Analogies And Comparisons.
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Introduction To Article Writing, Article In Modern Times, Most Important Part Of The Magazine Journalism, How Being Contributed?, First Step Towards Better Writings, Learning The Ropes.
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How To Write An Article?, Introduction To The Library.
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Five Commandments, No Professional Forgets, How To Successfully Write?, Mind Map To Overcome Writer's Block, Use Key Words, Know Your Niche, Write Conversationally, Consistency Is Key.
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Articles Writing Mistakes.
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Writing The Article, What The Article Is About?, How Specifically Stated Is The Subject Of The Article?, Is There A Subjective Ingredient?, Various Parts Of Article.
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What To Do When You Have Written The Article?.
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Ten Standard Article Formats.
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Legal And Ethical Considerations Of Writers.