What Is News

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What Is News

  1. 1. What IS News?<br />What makes an event or a situation newsworthy?<br />
  2. 2. What IS News?<br />Many more events occur and situations develop in the world each day than are reported by the news media. Answer this question thoughtfully on your paper: <br />Why are some events and situations reported as news while others are not? What qualities make a story newsworthy?<br />Suggest as many factors as you can. Explain why these factors define newsworthiness. <br />
  3. 3. What IS News?<br />What makes a news story different from a literary story? <br />What makes a news story different from a history? <br />News is often called "the first draft of history"-why? <br />Why do people say that "dog bites man" is not news, but "man bites dog" is news?<br />Under what circumstances would "dog bites man" become news? <br />
  4. 4. What IS News?<br />"News values" make stories newsworthy.<br />News values are generally categorized according to the following eight criteria…<br />
  5. 5. News Values/Criteria<br />Nearness<br />(How close was the event, situation, or revelation?) <br />Timeliness<br />(How recent was the event, situation, or revelation?) <br />Importance<br />(How many people are affected by the event, situation, or revelation?) <br />Name recognition <br />(Were famous or familiar people involved?) <br />Drama or conflict <br />(Do people's fortunes hang in the balance?) <br />Variety <br />(How many ways can the story be framed?) <br />Human interest (HI) <br />(How many types of readers find the story interesting?) <br />Humor or entertainment <br />(Barring some other strong emotional connection, is there a secondary story line that readers will find insightfully humorous?) <br />
  6. 6. News Values/News Criteria<br />Does a news story need to have to have all eight elements?<br />
  7. 7. News Values/News Criteria<br />People <br />+ Action<br />+ Reader Interest<br />= News <br />
  8. 8. News Values/Criteria<br />Proceed with research on Handout 2<br />

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