Feature Writing

Griffith University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Feature Writing

  • Host University

    Griffith University

  • Location

    Gold Coast, Australia

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Students who undertake this course will be assumed to have undertaken the core courses within the journalism specialisation. If you are taking this course as an elective and you have not completed the core courses within the journalism specialisation you will experience considerable difficulties with the in-class exercises and assignments.

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Course Description
    This course introduces students to the techniques of researching and writing in a variety of feature styles. Students are encouraged to critically analyse the work of a variety of feature writers while developing their own ideas about news values, style and subject matter used in this writing genre.
    Course Introduction
    This course provides students with an introduction to the various styles of features and the opportunity to research and write their own feature articles. It is a third year elective and calls upon the skills gained in first and second year core journalism courses.
    Course Aims
    This course offers an introduction to feature writing for a variety of media formats and outlets. It provides practical and theoretical foundations for journalism students and creative writing students who have an interest in a mainstream journalistic genre. It seeks to take future journalists and writers beyond the basics of news style to gain an understanding of a more complex area of journalistic research, writing and publication.
    Learning Outcomes
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    1. Identify and critically analyse the different types of feature styles used in various media;
    2. Use advanced research tools and interview techniques to compile information for a feature story;
    3. Write a variety of different features styles and understand the importance of style variation and deadlines when writing for different markets;
    4. Target a feature story to a chosen media outlet or format using appropriate style and gain an understanding of freelance journalism.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.