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A Powerpoint about what makes a newspaper story Newsworthy

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    A2 newsworthiness A2 newsworthiness Presentation Transcript

    • Newsworthiness
      What news is –
      Relevance
      Usefulness
      Interest
      What is newsworthy?
      • Some factors to consider
      • Who is your audience?
      • Who is your publisher?
      • What type of media are you writing for?
      Is it useful for your audience? - is it informative?
      Will it interest your readers?
      The Quality of being sufficiently interesting to be reported in news bulletins
    • What is newsworthiness?
      Proximity
      Timeliness
      Conflict
      Eminence & Prominence
      Uniqueness
      Human Interest / Novelty
      Consequence & Impact
      The Quality of being sufficiently interesting to be reported in news bulletins
    • Proximity
      How close is the even to you?
      How close is the event to you?
      Example: Car accident in Las Vegas vs. Portsmouth
      The public are most interested in what could affect them personally – most people want to know what is going on around them and what changes there are in the world that could either help them or cause them a problem - take politics for example if a persons party is made leader of the country then people want to know.
      The Quality of being sufficiently interesting to be reported in news bulletins
    • Timeliness
      How recently did/will the event happen?
      Live event?
      The more time passes, the less newsworthy story is.
      The public like current news, that’s as simple as it gets.
      The one exception to the rule is if the story updates a
      previous story. Think of it this way, a newspaper reported
      about the news of Michael Jacksons death again it wouldn’t be newsworthy unless there were updates about the circumstances
      of his death.
      The Quality of being sufficiently interesting to be reported in news bulletins
    • Conflict
      Conflict and tension is more interesting than peace.
      Example: Two countries at war is more newsworthy than two regions without conflict.
      Conflict/Controversy can apply to physical, emotional, political, ideological, moral, ethical etc. Not only can the story be controversial/Conflicting but it can make the public change its view it can cause uproar and can change a society. These column types can be a very sensitive matter so you have to handle with caution.
      The Quality of being sufficiently interesting to be reported in news bulletins
    • Eminence & Prominence
      How well known is the subject matter at hand?
      Example: Sex scandal with a neighbor will be less newsworthy than with a celebrity or a politician.
      A simple factor is that if the person being written about is a well known individual then we as a public audience will find it more interesting than someone unknown.
      The Quality of being sufficiently interesting to be reported in news bulletins
    • Uniqueness
      What stands out?
      What makes it different?
      In order to have a unique story its not about having a story that is totally different but taking on a different aspect and telling the public in a different way.
      An odd or totally unique story will nearly always be newsworthy. A story about a man being mugged by another person won’t be terribly interesting but if a man was mugged by a dog then that would arouse much interest.
      The Quality of being sufficiently interesting to be reported in news bulletins
    • Human Interest/Novelty
      What is the emotional impact of the story?
      If it is ‘Interesting’ then it may be newsworthy to your audience.
      As people we are naturally interested about other people, if a story occurs where we don’t read about another person or a group of people it can be a tough one for the editor who would have to find a story that would capture the interest of people and would have to find the right reporter.
      The Quality of being sufficiently interesting to be reported in news bulletins
    • Consequence & Impact
      How does the event impact the audience?
      Example: Changes in university fees, may impact you directly.
      The questions that needs to be thought about is does your story impact someone’s life? And how does it? You need to find the significance about the story and how it is significant to now.
      The Quality of being sufficiently interesting to be reported in news bulletins