Posts Tagged ‘knowledge’

What is Feature Writing?

Thursday, July 30th, 2009:

Excerpts from a lecture by Dr. Lourdes D. Servito What is this thing called FEATURE? Why is it known as the jewel of the newspaper? What happens to a newspaper without the features? FEATURE spells: F – factual not fictitious E – Entertaining A – appealing to the emotions T – timely or not timely U – unusual R – reader-oriented E – explanation, extrapolation – extending or projecting known info The jewel or gem (precious stone) of the newspaper  –  something treasured for “time and eternity” Where can we find these “jewels”? 1.    newspapers’ entertainment sections 2.    magazine stories […] Read More →

Tips in Feature Writing

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009:

Here are some simple tips in enhancing your feature writing. 1. Use alliterations. Example: “We happily hopped out the truck…” “[The rain] waltzed with the wind!” “Nothing super specific. Nothing deadly demanding. Nothing surprisingly strange.” “The only things duplicated close to reality were our smiles exuding excitement.” “…it could mean a warm welcome, a bubbly birthday greeting, a great gratitude, a crowning congratulations, a friendly farewell…” 2. Use rhymes. The tone of your piece is vital. Sprinkling some rhymes will make the feature more readable. But be aware not to overdo it, or your write-up will end up as a […] Read More →

My Pregnancy: 2nd Trimester

Saturday, July 25th, 2009:

My clothes won’t fit me; maternity dresses were too big for me. I had nothing to wear; left me frustrated. My bulge began to show; people stared at it and I wasn’t used to it, I wore a jacket. Awkward. Back and joint pains were killing me; I can’t sleep on my back nor on my belly; not used to sleeping on my sides. I was deprived of good night Z’s. My hands and feet were beginning to swell; my sister exclaimed I had huge thighs and feet bigger than my husband’s –to which I crisply disagreed! I had puffed […] Read More →

My Pregnancy: 1st Trimester

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009:

No morning sickness. No dizziness. No nausea. My practitioner said, “Good for you.” Indeed; it was a blessing. No early and unwanted signs of the first trimester. I wanted and needed to work. Otherwise I’ll be as bedridden, immobilized, and could possibly be hospitalized as how my Mother was when she was conceiving me. Those were also some of the reasons why we didn’t find out at once about my pregnancy until one month after conceiving. Recalling the first 30 days I got pregnant but unaware of it, I could point out signs; yet subtle ones. . I always got […] Read More →

Sonnet to Dolour

Monday, July 20th, 2009:

Sonnet to Dolour By: Dr. Lourdes D. Servito (December 1982) You were then a coined word By two souls bound with mutual drems, Dreams conceived and nurtured between odds and events; Carried through the years, for or against the world; The bells rang, that day fully remembered Candles heard…banquet held… That was nearly a year back… And the bells rang again, one chilly December dawn — A woman sighed hard …and innocent cry heard… Even the night birds rejoiced! … for that “dream-come-true” A “domy” and a “Lourdes” have cherished, days in and out; And your coming means..more beads […] Read More →

April Beauty

Monday, July 20th, 2009:

This poem was written by our Mother when April, our youngest was eight years old. April Beauty By: Dr. Lourdes D. Servito (Jan. 30, 1994) One April 13 proves to be lucky; As a beautiful baby came to be. My 3rd treasured gift divine; I labored for hours in pain. You made your first cry then. In this world, just in time, for That was almost my last breath. God had it His way that I would be able to see, My own “April Beauty,” Yes, I named you April, Maria April Sunday to be complete. But as you showed […] Read More →

Guidelines in Feature Writing

Monday, July 20th, 2009:

Excerpts from a lecture by Dr. Lourdes D. Servito (Lecture delivered during the Division Journalism Workshop held at Pangasinan National High School, Lingayen, Pangasinan, Oct. 8-10, 2008) 1.    Use the “You” approach or the 3rd person. Ex: Are you health-conscious? Beware of milk and milk products with melamine. 2.    Use the feature leads, NOT dull beginnings or “kitchen sink.” Ex:  “The façade still stands. Newly-painted concrete walls are still seen erected. But all wooden structures from the roofs to the ceilings and dividers are totally charred and pulverized into black and grey ashes and soot.” OR “The majestic municipal hall […] Read More →

I Miss You My Hawaii

Saturday, July 18th, 2009:

This is one of my favorite Hawaiian songs ever. It was sang and performed by the Hawaiian trio Na Leo Pilimehana; and this was their number one song; the most famous one, released in 2000. NA LEO PILIMEHANA, which in Hawaiian means the voices blending together in warmth, is the most popular, most award-winning and biggest selling female Hawaiian group in the World. Na Leo consists of three childhood friends, Nalani Choy, Lehua Kalima Heine and Angela Morales. These three Hawaiian women run their own record label; compose, write lyrics, record and perform music; they do volunteer work; play sports […] Read More →

Things I miss about Hawaii

Saturday, July 18th, 2009:

I miss the rainbows of Hawaii. They say that at the end of a rainbow rests a pot of gold. It was only in Hawaii where I have seen the literal end of those mysterious bows of colors. It was morning when I was strolling down the campus of BYUH when transparent rows of colors rested upon the green leaves of a petite coconut tree; almost kissing the ground. I didn’t see any pot of gold. Yet the fact that I have actually saw something close to a myth –that is the end of a rainbow; for me is more […] Read More →


Friday, July 17th, 2009:

This is a poem my Mommy composed when I was a baby. By: Dr. Lourdes D. Servito (1983) You’re never expected yet never unwanted, Just in time you desired to be apart from me, Not to be away but in my arms you’d stay. For the past 270 days, your presence within, Conditioned most of my activities. At time you were a hindrance; Yet at times you were a relief. You’re absolutely a part of me when more And more challenging tasks were on. We tackled journalistic works, thick and thin. Together we did work in between multifarious pains… Pains that […] Read More →

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