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  1. Elements of news judgment What editors take into account

  2. What is news?

  3. What is news? • Curtis D. MacDougall • 1938 classic “Interpretative Reporting” • “News is an account of an event which a newspaper prints in the belief that by so doing it will profit.”

  4. Deciding what’s news

  5. Deciding what’s news • Timeliness

  6. Deciding what’s news • Timeliness • Impact

  7. Deciding what’s news • Timeliness • Impact • Singularity (uniqueness)

  8. Deciding what’s news • Timeliness • Impact • Singularity (uniqueness) • Proximity

  9. Deciding what’s news • Timeliness • Impact • Singularity (uniqueness) • Proximity • Prominence

  10. Deciding what’s news • Timeliness • Impact • Singularity (uniqueness) • Proximity • Prominence • Conflict

  11. Timeliness • Something that just happened is newsier than something that happened a while ago

  12. Timeliness • Something that just happened is newsier than something that happened a while ago • Key on the latest development, not the original incident

  13. Impact • Real, not theoretical

  14. Impact • Real, not theoretical • “World could end tomorrow”

  15. Impact • Real, not theoretical • “World could end tomorrow” • Death is the ultimate impact

  16. Impact • Real, not theoretical • “World could end tomorrow” • Death is the ultimate impact • Numbers also matter (how many)

  17. Singularity

  18. Singularity • “Man bites dog”

  19. Singularity • “Man bites dog” • Coincidence

  20. Proximity • Local angle

  21. Proximity • Local angle • How to define?

  22. Proximity • Local angle • How to define? • In some cases, local local; in other cases the whole state, region or country

  23. Proximity • Local angle • How to define? • In some cases, local local; in other cases the whole state, region or country • Just because something happened nearby doesn’t mean it’s newsworthy

  24. Prominence

  25. Prominence • Celebrity

  26. Prominence • Celebrity • A famous person

  27. Prominence • Celebrity • A famous person • This does NOT refer to groups

  28. Prominence • Celebrity • A famous person • This does NOT refer to groups • A story about a teacher is not necessarily newsworthy just because teachers occupy a prominent place in society

  29. Conflict

  30. Conflict • Ranges from policy disputes

  31. Conflict • Ranges from policy disputes • To sports rivalries

  32. Conflict • Ranges from policy disputes • To sports rivalries • To shooting wars

  33. Always a balancing act

  34. Always a balancing act • Stories that have more elements of news are likely to be stronger than those with fewer

  35. Always a balancing act • Stories that have more elements of news are likely to be stronger than those with fewer • But there are gradations within each category

  36. Always a balancing act • Stories that have more elements of news are likely to be stronger than those with fewer • But there are gradations within each category • Bigger & smaller celebrities; bigger & smaller impacts; bigger & smaller conflicts

  37. Who are our readers?

  38. Who are our readers? • Local Oshkosh paper

  39. Who are our readers? • Local Oshkosh paper • Traditional values

  40. Who are our readers? • Local Oshkosh paper • Traditional values • Homogeneous

  41. Who are our readers? • Local Oshkosh paper • Traditional values • Homogeneous • Sports/outdoors