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Newsvaluefa2010 2

  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 Human Interest Novelty – the weird factor Magnitude Currency Helpfulness Entertainment Special interest Cooperation/Consensus Common experience
  4. 4. You decide the front page Choose five stories, ranked 1 to 5. (1 being most important) (You are an editor at a statewide metro newspaper based in Salt Lake a. Unsolved child murders are a daily incident b. Granato paints Lee as an extremist c. Regulators back new bank rules to avert crises d. GOP leader says he’ll compromise on tax-cut bill e. City’s DUI arrests have doubled
  5. 5. Timeliness  Is it a recent development, or is it old news?  GOP takes Kennedy’s longtime Senate seat
  6. 6. Proximity  Is  the story relevant to local readers? Driver License Division lines
  7. 7. Conflict  Is the issue developing, has it been resolved or does anybody care?  Obama pressing for protections against lenders
  8. 8. Eminence and prominence  Are noteworthy people involved? If so, that makes the story more important.  Obama pressing for protections against lenders
  9. 9. Consequence and Impact  What  effect will the story have on readers? Children Awake? Then they’re probably online
  10. 10. Novelty/Weirdness  Out of the ordinary. “Dog bites man” is not news. “Man bites dog” is.  Man tries to fake attack, dies of blood loss
  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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