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ENGLISH JOURNALISM - MATERI : Elements of News

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Materi English Journalism pertemuan ke5 - Jum'at 10 Oktober 2014

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ENGLISH JOURNALISM - MATERI : Elements of News

  1. 1. Elements of News Top ten elements that make a story newsworthy.
  2. 2. Timeliness How recent a story is. Not all of the story needs to be timely.
  3. 3. Proximity How near to you a story is. People are generally more interested in stories that are geographically close to them.
  4. 4. Consequence How many people are impacted by the story. Examples: new laws, taxes, etc.
  5. 5. Prominence The more famous a person is, the more likely they are to make the news. If you and the president both went to lunch, only the president would make the news.
  6. 6. Drama The more movie-like a story is, the more newsworthy it is. Whenever life and death hang in the balance, it is news
  7. 7. Oddity Whenever strange things happen, it will make the news. It can also occur with events that only happen once every great while.
  8. 8. Conflict Whenever there are two opposing side to an issue. This can also be taken literally… a fight or argument.
  9. 9. Emotions People love reading stories that play on emotion. “Awwwwww” factor
  10. 10. Sex Should always be reported in a mature manner. Deals with marriage, divorce, dating, etc.
  11. 11. Progress Any new discovery or helpful invention can make the news. This can also be a timely update on a long-standing project.
  12. 12. Don’t forget! The more of these elements you combine, the more newsworthy a story is. Rarely will a story just have one element if it is on the front page.

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