Activity 1 — Differences between hard news and feature articles
People here breathed a little easier yesterday, as the air quality turned out to be better than forecast. The 24-hour…www.straitstimes.com
To stand out in the market, many new air purifiers come with bells and whistles. Besides their main function of…www.straitstimes.com
- The facts present in both articles are from reliable sources.
- Hard news
- More statistics as compared to Article B
- 5W1Hs are found in the lead
- Service story — Provides a form of “service” to the reader by giving the reader useful information that he/she can apply in his/her life.
- This article is more beneficial to readers as it informs readers about the Hepa filters, unlike Article A which only talks about the Pollutant Standards Index (PSI).
- Readers would rather read this article as it is beneficial to them.
Other feature/story ideas?
i. Having different and better masks if the N95 masks are unavailable.
ii. Indoor activities that people can do when the PSI level is in the unhealthy zone.
iii. Talk about the implications of the haze; Persuading people not to stay outdoors for too long; Warning them about the effects of the haze and the consequences of staying outdoors too long.
Activity 2 — Feature Article Discussion
At first glance it's paradise, a small Caribbean island with palm trees swaying in the breeze, white sands and emerald…www.bbc.com
- In what ways is this different from a hard news story?
This feature story is different from a hard news story as it is more narrative and descriptive. The entire article has to be read in order to understand the situation fully.
The headline, “The island where men are disappearing”, is able to capture the readers attention easily as it is more captivating as compared to headlines of hard news story.
This article is not time-sensitive and can be released at any point of time.
This article is sensitive to human interests as it involves drug trafficking.
Unlike hard news, key information is released slowly and the reader would only find out more if they continue reading.
- Who is the intended audience?
People who know others that are involved in drug trafficking — persuade them not to go for the “easy money”.
Readers of BBC news
- Can you tell what the “angle” is?
The main reason behind the disappearance of the people, which getting caught for drug trafficking.
- Is the subject presented vividly with sensory images, graphic detail, and figurative language? Do you have suggestions of details or images to include?
1. Other ways to earn money (e.g. fishing) besides drug trafficking.
2. Show that the island has no authorities — not many rules and regulations to follow.
3. The men who were arrested.
- Does the writer use an appropriate mixture of anecdote, quotation, description, and explanation?
Yes, he had various examples, descriptions and explanations in the article.
- Are the beginning and ending paragraphs interesting and appropriate for the specific audience?
The beginning paragraph is appropriate for the audience as it describes the scene before slowly releasing the problem, almost like a story from a book. This would help capture the readers’ attention and interest them to read on.
The ending paragraph is appropriate as it leaves the audience with a sense of importance about looking into situation and coming up with a solution for it.