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Feature Article Conventions

English (Year 12) - Non-Fiction Language Features

Ben Whitten

Feature Article Conventions

There are a few feature article conventions that you need to be aware of in Year 12 English.

  • Titles: The title of a feature article is typically a brief, attention-grabbing phrase that summarizes the main topic or angle of the piece. It is usually prominently displayed at the top of the article, often in a larger font size than the rest of the text.

  • Charts and graphs: Charts and graphs are visual representations of data or statistics that are used to supplement the written information in a feature article. They are often used to make complex information more easily understandable, and can include bar graphs, pie charts, line graphs, and other types of data visualizations.

  • Images: Images, such as photographs or illustrations, are often used in feature articles to add visual interest, break up text, and provide context for the information presented in the article. They can be used to depict people, places, or things that are relevant to the topic of the article.

  • Captions: Captions are short descriptions or explanations that accompany images in a feature article. They provide context for the image and explain what it depicts. Captions are typically placed under or next to the image they accompany.

  • Cut-outs: Cut-outs are images that have been cut out from their original background and placed on top of a different background. They are used to make an image more visually striking, and to help it stand out from the rest of the article.

  • By-line: The by-line is the name of the author of the feature article. It is typically placed at the top or bottom of the article, and is used to credit the person who wrote the piece.

  • Columns: Columns are a way of formatting text in a feature article, where the text is divided into vertical sections that run the length of the page. This format helps to break up large blocks of text and make the article more visually appealing.

  • Date: The date of a feature article is typically displayed at the top or bottom of the piece, indicating when the article was written or published. This information is useful for readers to understand the timeliness and relevance of the topic.

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