What Makes Newsworthy?

If you’ve ever wondered why most news stories seem to be pretty similar across all different types of media, it is because most journalists and even most people who regularly watch/read news share a common understanding of what makes an event newsworthy. These are known as News Characteristics. Some of these are: timeliness, drama, consequence and proximity.

Another important factor in determining whether or not something is newsworthy is how interesting the story is to the audience. Asking questions like who are you writing for, what type of readers do they have and why do they read your articles can help you focus your research and write an article that will engage your audience.

News can also be a way to hold individuals and organisations accountable. By reporting on corruption, scandals and unethical behavior, news can play an important role in promoting transparency and ensuring that those who have power are held to account.

It is also worth remembering that the news you read can have a significant influence on your perspective on the world around you. Therefore, it is a good idea to tune in to a wide variety of news sources and try to keep an open mind about how the same news might be presented to you. This can help you develop a more well-rounded view of the world and might even make you more tolerant towards those who disagree with you. In a world where it is easy to find ‘alternative facts’, it is important that you do not let these discredit your own views and opinions.