Due the day of the Final Exam will be Story #4, the news feature story. Here are some examples of what I mean. You could write about anything, but remember: 1) no conflict of interest, 2) think of the news hook (why now?), 3) use primary, expert sources, 4) focus on one topic.
Historical feature, such as this one. The 50th anniversary of the first woman to run the Boston Marathon.
Adventure feature, an exciting or harrowing experience like this one about a boy lost in the waves.
Seasonal features: tied to season or holiday like Mother’s Day
How to do it features, like a health story about how to breath properly.
Occupation or hobby stories. How about this story of a 17-year-old rock climber.
Behind-the-Scenes feature, like this one on staging a ballet production.
Here is one (more a review, but still OK) on another theater production.
Here is a trend story on Sriracha sauce.
A profile on author William Zinsser.
A feature on a newsworthy place, a kitchen for food start-ups.