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Contributor Archives: Rebecca Allen

News feature v. narrative — What’s the difference?

Editor’s note: Let’s start the year with a bit of narrative alignment. From the Storyboard archives, here’s the Orange County Register‘s Rebecca Allen, explaining the difference between a news feature and narrative: A narrative is a story that has a beginning, middle and end. It engages the reader’s mind and heart. It shows actors moving [...]

News Feature v. Narrative: What’s the Difference?

A narrative is a story that has a beginning, middle and end. It engages the reader’s mind and heart. It shows actors moving across its stage, revealing their characters through their actions and their speech. At its heart, a narrative contains a mystery or a question—something that compels the reader to keep reading and find [...]