Darius Hughes

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T.O.W. – Week 6 – What Makes stories Newsworthy?

In today’s world, people are constantly looking for updated software, clothing, or an advanced way to doing or handling various techniques, objects, people, or skills.  Especially with the 3G and 4G networks, iPhones, iPads, newer MAC computers, HDTV, Blu-ray, 3-D TV, etc., this generation loves everything relevant and updated, including the news.  We always here a bunch of stories that sound good or interesting, but there are five components that makes stories newsworthy.

  1.  Timeliness: the word news has the “new”  in it, which says it for itself.  News has to be NEW,  and current.  If it happened today then it’ll work, but if the same thing happened last week, it can become very boring and mundane.
  2. Significance: a story has affect a number of people to have any impact such as the earthquake in Haiti affected millions of people because of the migrated Haitians in American and in the other Caribbean countries who have family there, churches that have missionaries planting churches, and other businesses that are affiliated with the country.
  3. Proximity: Stories that happen near us are more significant.
  4. Prominence: Celebrities, politicians, or anyone famous get more coverage just because they are famous such as Barbara Bush going into the hospital compared to the thousands of people that go to the hospital everyday.
  5. Human Interest:  these stories are different because they ignore the other rules, but play off of human emotions to get the story across.
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April 7, 2010 - Posted by | T.O.W

1 Comment »

  1. It’s easy to understand how because a person is famous they receive more prominence in the news coverage. I once asked my professor why a celebrity cannot sue a paper when the paper takes a picture-because they gave up that right when they became famous.And because they are famous they will receive more coverage.

    Comment by Brittany rollings | April 8, 2010 | Reply


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