News values
Hard and soft news
 Hard news. Events that are timely and are
covered almost automatically by print and
electronic media....
News values
 Timeliness
 Proximity
 Conflict or controversy
 Disaster or tragedy
 Eminence and Prominence
 Consequen...
You decide the front page
President tells crowd he saved Economy from disaster
Extolling female, subservience and adding f...
Timeliness
 Is it a recent development, or is it old news?
Proximity
 Is the story relevant to local readers?
Conflict
 Is the issue developing, has it been resolved or
does anybody care?
Eminence and prominence
 Are noteworthy people involved? If so, that
makes the story more important.
Consequence and Impact
 What effect will the story have on readers?
Novelty/Weirdness
 Out of the ordinary. “Dog bites man” is not
news. “Man bites dog” is.
Human interest
 Even though it might not be an earth-shattering
event, does it contain unique, interesting
elements.
 Yo...
Other factors
 Cycle
 Competition
 Availability
 The news hole
 Photography-graphics
 Instincts of editors
 The aud...
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  1. 1. News values
  2. 2. Hard and soft news  Hard news. Events that are timely and are covered almost automatically by print and electronic media. A speech by a ranking public official or a natural disaster are examples.  Soft news. Events that are usually not considered immediately important to a wide audience. Many of these still merit coverage. A math fair at an elementary school would be an example.
  3. 3. News values  Timeliness  Proximity  Conflict or controversy  Disaster or tragedy  Eminence and Prominence  Consequence and Impact  Celebrity  Human Interest  Novelty – the weird factor  Magnitude  Currency  Helpfulness  Entertainment  Special interest  Cooperation/Consensus  Common experience
  4. 4. You decide the front page President tells crowd he saved Economy from disaster Extolling female, subservience and adding followers in Egypt. Court approves E-book price settlement Child dies in crash on I-15 Catholic Bishop is guilty of trying to cover up abuse Arizona immigration law survives ruling A piece of NBA’s action.. Costs of long-term health care loom for seniors
  5. 5. Timeliness  Is it a recent development, or is it old news?
  6. 6. Proximity  Is the story relevant to local readers?
  7. 7. Conflict  Is the issue developing, has it been resolved or does anybody care?
  8. 8. Eminence and prominence  Are noteworthy people involved? If so, that makes the story more important.
  9. 9. Consequence and Impact  What effect will the story have on readers?
  10. 10. Novelty/Weirdness  Out of the ordinary. “Dog bites man” is not news. “Man bites dog” is.
  11. 11. Human interest  Even though it might not be an earth-shattering event, does it contain unique, interesting elements.  You saw that in Avatar? Pass the glasses.  Whittingham staying put: More offers for Ute coach
  12. 12. Other factors  Cycle  Competition  Availability  The news hole  Photography-graphics  Instincts of editors  The audience  Philosophy of the medium  Influence of advertisers  The news mix  Changing demographics  Los Angeles Times  Safety  Progeny  Health

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