Journalism

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Vignette

Vignettes are short (8 to 12 inches) profiles.

Really interesting people are the subjects of profiles. Mildly interesting people (or the first type, in a very tight paper) are the subjects of vignettes.

Because vignettes are shorter, the writer cannot include all elements considered essential to a full-length profile.

These are the elements that should be included:
  1. Name and identification of subject.
  2. Key background information, usually woven into the reason that this person is important or interesting enough to write about.
  3. Abbreviated news peg.
  4. Quote from subject.
  5. Ideally, a brief scene-setting passage, VERY relevant to the primary focus of the vignette.

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