VignetteVignettes 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:
- Name and identification of subject.
- Key background information, usually woven into the reason that this person is important or interesting enough to write about.
- Abbreviated news peg.
- Quote from subject.
- Ideally, a brief scene-setting passage, VERY relevant to the primary focus of the vignette.