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News Values

  1. 1. News Values
  2. 2. Currency Conflict Bizarreness Proximity Prominence Timeliness Impact News Values
  3. 3. Impact <ul><li>The number of people whose lives will be influenced in some way by the subject of the story. For instance, the Asian Tsunami had more impact than a local flood. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Timeliness <ul><li>Recent events have higher news value than earlier happenings. Of particular value are stories brought to the public ahead of the competition. These are known as scoops. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Prominence <ul><li>For the same occurrence, people in the public eye have higher news value than obscure people. For example, we cared that Magic Johnson had AIDS, while an ordinary citizen with AIDS would not have commanded the attention of the national news media. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Proximity <ul><li>Stories about events and situations in one's home community are more newsworthy than events that take place far away. For instance: </li></ul><ul><li>if 1,000 persons drown in a flood in a faraway country, the story has about the same news value as a story describing how 10 persons drowned in Guangzhou. In turn, that 10 person story has about the same news value as a story concerning 1 flood victim within Hong Kong. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Bizarreness <ul><li>A classic example of this is dog-bites-man vs. man-bites-dog. Man-bites-dog is more bizarre. Dog-bites-man usually is not news. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Conflict <ul><li>Strife is newsworthy. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Currency <ul><li>More value is attributed to stories pertaining to issues or topics that are in the spotlight of public concern rather than to issues or topics about which people care less. Stories come and stories go. For example: </li></ul><ul><li>In 1997, the death of Princess Diana, the Hong Kong handover, Pathfinder on Mars, cloning, McVeigh and the Oklahoma City bombing, and Big Tobacco money. </li></ul><ul><li>In 1999, JFK Jr. died in a plane crash, the Clinton impeachment trial, Microsoft monopoly, war over Kosovo, Columbine school shooting, and The Millennium, followed In the 2000s by 9/11 and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. </li></ul>?

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