News is the source of information on current events and information that affects our lives. It can range from weather to human interest stories and events that affect our daily routines. We can determine whether an event is newsworthy based on the following criteria: a) the significance of the event; b) the newsworthiness of the event itself.
Human interest stories
Human interest stories are stories about people, events, or organizations that touch our emotions. A good human interest story can ignite feelings of anger, compassion, empathy, fear, or love. In addition to making us want to learn more, human interest stories can be motivational, too. The key is to find a topic you’re interested in and then write about it.
Human interest stories can be extremely powerful for brands and products. For example, a story about a young man committing suicide in Africa may spark a social trend. An example of this is the Allstate campaign, which won the silver Anvil award. One of the stories featured Eileen, a woman who couldn’t walk and had pain in her right knee.
Human interest stories in the news can be extremely powerful, which means journalists must be cautious. For example, a story about a suicide, or about a child being abused, could contain disturbing details that could be deceptively revealing. Journalists also have to be careful not to use the wrong words.
Criteria for determining whether or not an event is newsworthy
Whether an event is newsworthy depends on several factors, such as the audience’s interest and its timeliness. In general, the more news-worthy an event is, the more likely it is to be reported. Editors and journalists evaluate stories according to a set of criteria called “news values.” Often, these criteria are based on personal experience or intuition, but they are often shared by news organizations. The most common news values are impact, prominence, conflict, current, and human interest. However, this list is not necessarily agreed upon by journalists, and most news organisations have their own list of news values.
A story is newsworthy when it meets at least two of these five criteria. First, it should be relevant and timely. Second, it should be newsworthy if it affects a large audience. For example, a raid on a rock cocaine house may warrant a live ENG report during the 6 p.m. newscast, while the same event would not be as newsworthy if the same raid took place in a faraway city. In other words, a drug raid in your hometown could be newsworthy the next day, while a drug overdose in a distant town will be ignored.