• Newsworthiness is a highly subjective matter, but people in the news business must decide every day which stories are the most deserving of coverage. – This is based on: • which stories the audience is most likely to listen to • which stories will attract the viewers – Is undeniably part of the equation and because of that news businesses strive to present what’s been called infotainment-- -information presented in an entertaining way.
The “GateKeeping” Process • News Values – Proximity – Timeliness – Impact – Prominence – Conflict – Human Interest
Proximity– Where an event occurs is important.– In earlier days if a story happened far from the station, it was simply impossible to get to the scene and cover it and get back to do all of the necessary things to be able to air it that evening.– Now, that has changed dramatically with the introduction of electronic news- gathering and satellite news- gathering technology.
Timeliness– WHEN– Some news observers contend that timeliness is even more important on today’s local news scene than it was in earlier days, because of technology.– Timeliness also has a lot to do with recent stories that are similar. Local stories can be covered live and with very little time needed.– How does the Internet change the news gathering process?
Impact– One of the things news managers consider when deciding which stories to cover is which ones will impact the greatest number of listeners or viewers.– Who cares about this? Why?– Who is your audience?
Prominence– One of the things that makes stories about celebrities of interest is their prominence.– A person’s standing in society or recognize-ability plays a role in making stories about that person newsworthy.– Is this person in the public eye?
Conflict– One side against the other– Disagreement makes for good copy and even better for video.– Good broadcast writers know how to highlight conflict without embellishing it.
Does the story fit the medium?• Ask yourself, what are the strengths/weaknesses of the medium? – Newspapers? – Online? – Television? – Radio? Some stories make television that wouldn’t cut it in a newspaper, and visa versa. – http://am.blogs.cnn.com/2011/09/14/incredible-rescue-from- burning-motorcycle/