The In-Depth Feature Project: Piecing It All Together


YOUR TASK: You are writing an exposé that will be put together to look like a magazine or newspaper insert (or in some cases a pamphlet). Please note that this is a very heavily weighted grade in your average. It is expected that you synthesize the different types of writing into this final project. The entire piece should be thematically linked to your feature and research.


q          Feature Proposal (100 points). Using the “Planning  Feature” worksheet, type up a proposal that addresses the questions asked. Your proposal should be neatly typed and demonstrate detailed thoughts and genuine effort.

q          Research Component: Mini-Paper (100 points). Find out the background on your topic. (500-800 words, three sources minimum.)

q          Survey (100 points). Create a survey that is 10-20 questions and no more than 2 pages. These surveys will be distributed to 75 Schreiber students (by you) to aid you in your research. You will be graded in three parts within this: the survey, the tally, and your charts/graphs.

q          Extended feature story (200 points). (minimum 1000 words + research = approx. 1200-1800 words) This long feature will include (at minimum) two local authority interviews, background research mini-paper findings, five local quotes/interviews from students, and analysis of survey results.

q          Opinion/Editorial. (100 points) Write a 350-500 word opinion piece on your topic. DUE Tuesday 1/13.


q          (100 points) Mini-Profile: (500 or less words) Focus on a person who is relevant to your topic OR Review of outside media: (500 or less words) Review a book or relevant movie to your topic. Follow review format. DUE FRIDAY 1/16

q          Hard News Story (75 points) (No more than 300 words). Write a news story that addresses a relevant event that actually happened recently. Be absolutely certain to review the new story format. You will be graded on the inverted pyramid and format! DUE TUES 1/20

q          Interest Box (50 points). This can be a box with contact information or a 10 step “How To” or anything else that would be relevant and of interest to you topic

q          FINAL PRODUCT (250 points). Your final product will include of the elements in a desktop publishing software or web publishing and must have ALL of the above elements plus at least ONE graphic per page with a caption of explanation. Visuals will your charts or graphs you created from the survey with caption, original artwork with caption or 1 digital photo with caption,  1 artwork or photo with caption (found on Internet is OK), and appropriate graphics filler for white space (even relevant clipart is OK). DUE beginning of class FRI 1/23

q          PRESENTATION (50 points). Present your work to the class. FRI 1/23