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What is News?. Defining the factors that help determine whether or not something is newsworthy. Timeliness. Current information is stressed Cover things before they happen or directly after they happen As you write: Try for advanced coverage vs. coverage of something that already happened.

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What is news

What is News?

Defining the factors that help determine whether or not something is newsworthy


Timeliness
Timeliness

  • Current information is stressed

  • Cover things before they happen or directly after they happen

  • As you write: Try for advanced coverage vs. coverage of something that already happened


Impact
Impact

  • Stories that are relevant to many people

  • Think: How seriously does this story affect the readers?

  • As you write: Make stories show magnitude (level of importance) of the issue covered


Prominence
Prominence

  • Names make news

  • The bigger the name, the bigger the news

  • As you write: Do not only focus on popular students


Proximity
Proximity

  • Local stories are more newsworthy

  • People are more interested in and concerned about what happens close to home

  • As you write: Find an angle to your story that relates to high school students


Oddities
Oddities

  • Deviations from the norm are more newsworthy

  • People or events may be interesting and therefore newsworthy just because they are unusual or bizarre

  • As you write: Do not only focus on the negative


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Oddities

  • 741 lb. alligator

  • $1,500 watermelon


Conflict
Conflict

  • Struggles between people, among nations or with natural forces make fascinating reading

  • Conflict is a basic element of life that journalists must resist the temptation to over dramatize or oversimplify

  • As you write: Conflict is not always negative


Human interest
Human Interest

  • People and how they behave

  • Stories that don’t fit into the other categories, but are still newsworthy because people are interested in people

  • As you write: Search for the unrecognized students and stories


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Human Interest

  • www.upworthy.com


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