It is not a coincidence that the first form I took during the workshop cycle is a column. One man at the end of his life was surprised when he was told that he had been speaking prose for all these years. Similarly, many bloggers will probably be surprised that they use the column. The problem is, Dear Blogger, Dear Blogger, that these features are usually clumsy and incompetent. However, this is not because the bloggers are mountainous, sold out and ended up with Kill’em’all (although of course they are, sold out and finished). This is because nobody has taught them, the souls of the poor and the innocent, what a feature is and how to write it. No wonder: among the junior high school teachers of Polish language (with all due respect to this group of people practising their profession at the risk of their lives and health, especially their mental health) there is a candlelight to look for talented columnists. But don’t worry! A good uncle hurries to help.
When comparing the blogosphere with traditional media, bloggers are usually put on one scales and news journalists on the other. This comparison is completely off the hat. Bloggers are much closer to publicists than to news journalists. A feature is one of the most grateful, but at the same time the most difficult forms of journalism.
The word “column” itself comes from the French feuilleton, i.e. a notebook, an episode of a novel. This genre appeared in the 19th century in the French “Journal des Débats”. The column is a short journalistic work in a personal tone, light in form, expressing, often in an extremely malicious form, the author’s personal point of view. Characteristic of the column is its frequent and efficient “slipping” through the theme.
A little bit more theory. The columns can be divided as follows:
- an association column is one in which the author comments on reality in a humorous or even satirical way;
- discursive column – the author comments, argues, introduces anecdotes,
- a dramatized column – it is distinguished by the fact that the structural axis
- is a dialogue feature column – uses literary tricks
What distinguishes the column as a journalistic form?
- thematic freedom (in other words: the column has no thematic limitations)
- stylistic freedom of expression (the column uses various styles and means of expression, irony, satire, lampoon, grotesque, puns and all other genres of expression)
- compositional freedom subjectivism (the author chooses a subject that is important to him, shares his opinion and associations with the reader, exposes his analytical skills, boasts of his insight)
- individualisation of the style of expression, conceptuality, surprising ideas (the column should surprise the recipient)
- liveliness, colourfulness
- lightness of style
- a critical view of reality
- involvement of readers, persuading them to be active
It is therefore time to deal with how to write a column, what the stages of its creation should be, that is, our creme de la crème, as the Indians of the Sheiken tribe used to say.