Elements of News. What is news? Why is it news? Why is it published?. Every day, in every newsroom around the country, journalists apply “news judgment” – the ability to determine which stories are the most important and interesting to readers.
Elements of News
What is news?
Why is it news?
Why is it published?
So, what makes a story interesting to readers?
The bigger the consequences, the bigger the story.
How close is this story? Did it happen in this town? This state? This school?
Nearby events matter more to readers than events in other cities, states or countries … usually.
Does this involve a well-known public figure or celebrity?
If so, readers will likely be interested.
Is something, odd or surprising going on?
Readers enjoy the intriguing or unexpected.
As an editor once said: “When a dog bites a man, that is not news. But when a man bites a dog, that IS news.”
Is there a clash of power? A political battle? A sports rivalry?
Reporters and readers both enjoy dramatic storytelling.
Does this story make us sad? Happy? Angry?
We all respond emotionally to human interest stories that are poignant, comical or inspiring.
in the order of importance for that story and usually in the first paragraph or two. (That is known as the “inverted pyramid” style). They usually revolve around the events or issues of the day.