Four types of short print features

For many years, print publications have produced a variety of long and short news stories and features. A reader could flip through several pages, and decide how much time to spend in each section.

Here are four types of short features. How many of them do you read daily…in either print or electronic form?

= COMIC STRIPS — These generally tell a story in four or five separate little drawings.

= CARTOONS — These present an entire message in a single picture.

= QUOTES AND SAYINGS — These are only a couple sentences long, and often carry the wise thoughts of famous or historical people.

= QUESTION-ANSWER FEATURES — These are often self-help columns, and are some of the best-read features around.

What these brief stories have in common is: they each express a single theme in only a few words or pictures. In this writer’s opinion, presenting single-theme features is the best way to get them remembered.

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Rix Quinn

Rix Quinn is a former magazine editor and now a syndicated columnist for over 100 weekly newspapers. He holds degrees from Texas Christian University and California State University.

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