Decide on an approach. When sitting down to write the profile, care with putting pen to paper will help you bring the person to life, in a way that is genuine, believable, and interesting.
Those bits of information and anecdotes created a mosaic of Ray that brought him to life—and they also led me to Joshua Spencer, a local businessman who had been especially kind to Ray, even driving him to the doctor. Talese would map out his stories and then try to make each point he needed to make—to insert each fact the reader needed to know—through scenes.
Go back to researching, this time in much more depth. Sinatra was ill. Research and preparation is always the most important part of writing, and for feature profiles, the interview often is the most important step in putting together a strong story.
Your fellow students look to your work to help them understand the nuances of the environments they inhabit, and to accurately represent their experiences and views.
Ending with the subject's voice can leave readers reflecting on the importance of the person's story. In fiction, readers go in knowing there will be tension, and this is almost always established early: Nick Carraway watches a mysterious neighbor named Gatsby reach for a green light. Will you wait to hear from the editor riskyor will you call to follow up and, if so, when?