Spring 2018

The features

A feature should have a spring in its step and a gleam in its eye, says Tim de Lisle

Features are rather like jazz, easier to recognise than to define. But, unlike jazz, they are not at all esoteric. In magazines, they are considered the main course, even when, as in Vogue, they arrive at the end of the meal. There are some famous magazines that are all about features (The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine) and others that don’t even have them (Private Eye, The Economist).


Top: Illustration by Jason Ford.

Tim de Lisle was a feature writer for Smash Hits, The Daily Telegraph and The Guardian before winning an Editor of the Year award at Intelligent Life. He is now a consultant with Innovation in Media and the author of How to Write Well (Connell Guides)

Read the full version in Eye no. 96 vol. 24, 2018


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