A profile is getting to know a person in a way that the journalist perceives that character. Profiles also enable an audience to build knowledge/understanding of that particular person.
Not all profiles are printed in Newspapers – can be published online, or appear in Podcasts and Radios.
The First thing a reader sees when reading profiles:
- The type of person they are
- The element of light that newspapers or publications (online or not) want to show that person in
- The perception of that person
Important Factors To Remember:
- The present atmosphere around that person – What is the mood like? How do others act towards that person? How do they present themselves; calm, rushed, frustrated?
- Include a mixture of quotes of those mentioned, quotes of family/friends, quotes of how the journalist perceives that person
- Remember to keep notes – they may respond in a certain way to specific questions, how they react in general, body language, all of the things you see/feel, How they are talking to you as a journalist – all of these aspects create an image of that type of person. Remember it’s not an interview, it’s a profile!
- Pick up questions from their given answers that may tell you more about the person – adding/changing questions is always common in profile writing
- Trust Yourself with the questions that come to mind, if you are interested in wanting to know this information so others may be interested in knowing this particular information too!