Features is broadly the part of the newspaper that contains opinion, assessment and advice – the subjective rather than the objective material of the news pages. In practice the features department (even the smallest of newspapers usually has one) deals with all manner of non-news content ranging from crossword puzzles to serials and articles by the famous, taking in along the way such things as women’s pages, showbusiness gossip, TV programme notes and agony columns.

In production terms, the subbing calls for differences in routine and approach from the news pages. There are a number of reasons for this. While the ...

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