Feature writing techniques
20 - 22 July 2017


Dana Assad/Ali Marzook

Training of trainers


Media Academy Iraq (MAI) just completed a high-level three-day workshop in Karbala on the topic of feature writing. Independent and established journalists attended the workshop, which touched on key elements of feature writing, including:

  • Writing leads
  • Circular endings
  • Background information
  • Assessing strength of sources
  • Use of quotes
  • Link paragraphs and planning

The objective was to raise the standard of feature writing of participating journalists. Many participants had had very little experience of feature writing, with most of their past journalism output having focused on hard news.
In the sidebar are a few photos from the workshop.

Trainer: Dana Assad

Dana Assad is an experienced journalist. He is currently the managing director of Media Academy Iraq and editor in-chief of Awene.com.

He worked for many years as a journalist and editor at various print and online newspapers as well as news agencies such as Aswat Al Iraq. He also worked at Reuters, Niqash, the The Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR) and Hawlati.
Twitter: @MediaAcademyIrq