I completely agree with you that thoughtful feature writing can be more challenging than the classic hard news stories. I don’t think that your preferences necessarily make you more suited for magazine work than for newspaper work, but I do think that you should consider pursuing a feature writing career rather than a hard news career.
Whatever you pursue, the good thing about hard news and features for both papers and magazines is that you can use your creative writing skills for virtually any story. A “featurey” lead is all the rage anyway. I wish I had more concrete advice for you, but perhaps these comments can help you find the right path for you.
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