Topic of the Week #6
What makes a story newsworthy? While there are many stories that are released everyday that doesn’t make them all newsworthy. I know that a majority of stories that are released are not that interesting. I decided to do some research and I found an interesting article on how to make your story more newsworthy.
Mediacollege.com posted these tips on their website on how to make a story more newsworthy:
The word news means exactly that – things which are new. Topics which are current are good news. Consumers are used to receiving the latest updates, and there is so much news about that old news is quickly discarded.A story with only average interest needs to be told quickly if it is to be told at all. If it happened today, it’s news. If the same thing happened last week, it’s no longer interesting.
The number of people affected by the story is important. A plane crash in which hundreds of people died is more significant than a crash killing a dozen.
Stories which happen near to us have more significance. The closer the story to home, the more newsworthy it is. For someone living in France, a major plane crash in the USA has a similar news value to a small plane crash near Paris.
Famous people get more coverage just because they are famous. If you break your arm it won’t make the news, but if the Queen of England breaks her arm it’s big news.
They often disregard the main rules of newsworthiness; for example, they don’t date as quickly, they need not affect a large number of people, and it may not matter where in the world the story takes place. Human interest stories appeal to emotion. They aim to evoke responses such as amusement or sadness.
It is our responsibility to have reliable, new, interesting, and factual news. Once we have this we have done our job correctly. We must make sure that it’s news the affects the people it is reaching.