Singapore University of Social Sciences

Feature Writing (COM353)

Applications Open: 01 October 2019

Applications Close: 30 November 2019

Next Available Intake: January 2020

Course Types: Modular Undergraduate Course

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: To be confirmed

Area of Interest: Humanities & Social Sciences

Schemes: Lifelong Learning Credit (L2C)

Funding: To be confirmed


Synopsis

If you ask the question "how and why" things happen, then you probably like reading feature stories in newspapers and magazines. A feature takes an in-depth look at what’s going on behind the news. It may be a profile of a person or a group; an athlete, a performer, a politician, or a community worker or a team, a theatre group or a political organization.

Level: 3
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every January
E-Learning: BLENDED - Learning is done MAINLY online using interactive study materials in Canvas. Students receive guidance and support from online instructors via discussion forums and emails. This is supplemented with SOME face-to-face sessions. If the course has an exam component, this will be administered on-campus.

Topics

  • Introduction
  • Feature stories - feature writing
  • Research and Interview
  • Review - Writing preparation
  • Feature writing for newspapers
  • Feature writing for magazines

Learning Outcome

  • Write feature stories and news articles
  • Propose conceptual frameworks of feature writing for finished stories
  • Apply appropriate style and structure to developing the feature writing
  • Use genre-appropriate techniques of feature writing to enhance the effectiveness of the story
  • Design various types of features
  • Construct the story development process for features
  • Discuss issues pertaining to the feature writing to improve effectiveness of writing in the professional workplace
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