What Makes this Newsworthy?

16 Feb

From my own perspective, stories are news worthy if they have one of the following characteristics:

  • It is a new topic, technology, method, etc.
  • It is recent or occurred recently
  • It is interesting
  • It is proximate, or nearby where it is being published

According to a post called What Makes Something Newsworthy, newsworthiness is determined by these factors:

  • Conflict- an unresolved issue is involved
  • Loss- death, property damage, catastrophe
  • Proximity- closeby
  • Prominence- involving well-known or famous people
  • Timeliness- reported soon after the occurrence, etc.

I knew a couple of these before doing some brief research but those which I had not thought of were conflict, loss, and prominence. These are all topics of interest that people would like to be informed off. Perhaps the person in the story is someone’s role model or favorite public figure. In the occasion of natural disasters, and the like, people would like to be informed of the death toll, total damage, and critical situations.

Overall a story is newsworthy if the public has the desire to read about it or is curious to know about it.

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2 Responses to “What Makes this Newsworthy?”

  1. meganginger February 24, 2010 at 11:36 AM #

    I like how you stated exactly what you think makes a story newsworthy down to the points. I never thought to point out the direct points. What really took me by surprise was that most of the reasons we like to read the news, is that there tends to be around the negative or “downer” side. We don’t actually like news stories unless someone died, or there was a natural disaster, or a bomb going off somewhere. I find that to be rather disturbing to be intrested in stories having to deal with negative obstacles. Why can’t we hear more about new schools getting built in bad neighborhoods or someone who jumps into a burning building just to save someone else? Those, to me are the real stories worth writing about.

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