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Features desk: Assorted features

What’s the best format for your feature? Former features editor Tina Jackson walks you through some of the main options

The basis of good feature writing is having a good idea, but having looked at that last month, let’s break the journalist’s golden rule of never assuming anything and assume that you’ve got one. In fact, let’s take it to the next level and assume that you’re ready to pitch it and get a commission to write a feature story.

Feature writing may be enjoyable but it is still a skill that can be honed – no matter how talente’/d a writer you are you can’t just sit down and splart words onto the page. Features are longer and more leisurely than news stories and they will in some way tell a story, but they come in a variety of forms.

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