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What is News?. Judgment, Method, and More. Judgment. Reporter’s job: Evaluate events and select from a variety of occurrences those that will interest readers; inform, entertain, educate. Timeliness, proximity, prominence often make something “news worthy.”

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What is news

What is News?

Judgment, Method, and More


Judgment

Judgment

  • Reporter’s job: Evaluate events and select from a variety of occurrences those that will interest readers; inform, entertain, educate.

  • Timeliness, proximity, prominence often make something “news worthy.”

  • Always ask yourself the questions, “who cares?”


Who cares

Who Cares?

  • Example: The mayor signs a proclamation designating next week as Clean-up, Paint-up, Fix-up week.

  • Now, who cares about the event? Why?

  • Conflict: An element of news that enters into many stories is conflict. Why are so many people interested in elections? Conflict, at least partly.

  • Other factors: Progress, money, disaster, novelty, oddity, emotions, drama, animals, and children.


Brainstorming sessions

Brainstorming Sessions

  • Brainstorming: Put ideas into action. First, have the group leader explain the problem to be considered. Example: We are planning a special issue of the paper on problems facing today’s graduate. What stories should be assigned?

  • Write down your ideas, look over the suggestions, compile answers.


Brainstorming ideas

Brainstorming Ideas

  • 1. Topics for editorials this week

  • 2. Topics for in-depth stories.

  • 3. Topics for editorial page columns and cartoons.

  • 4. Ideas for photo essays

  • 5. Theme topics


Technique

Technique

  • Topic, problem, or goal for the session should be announced

  • Two or three minutes to consider the question

  • One at a time, in rotation, each participant offers – in one short and complete sentence – a solution to the problem, or an idea for a project or action

  • Have a 2nd or 3rd idea


Assignment

Assignment

  • Identify three possible school news story ideas for each news element mentioned. State the story idea in a single sentence. Example – Grade averages are rising and causing concern over grade inflation. Identify the audiences to who the story will appeal. Who cares? What elements are present?


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