Reporting. What is News?. What are the elements of a news story? Information that has impact News is the unexpected News may involve conflict News is relevant at the time you are reporting it News often involves prominent people
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What is News? • What are the elements of a news story? • Information that has impact • News is the unexpected • News may involve conflict • News is relevant at the time you are reporting it • News often involves prominent people • Where the news happens is important, the closer it is, generally the more newsworthy.
What is News? • Hard News and Soft News • Hard news: news that is about a serious or important topic and has a sense of immediacy to it. • Ex. Speeches, news conferences, crimes, fires, major weather stories, etc. • Soft news: stories or articles that are about ordinary people who overcome obstacles or accomplish something noteworthy
What is News? • Breaking News and Enterprise Reporting • Breaking News • News that is happening now and that journalists must cover on a tight deadline • Go to the scene, report what is going on • Witness firsthand what is happening • Collect video for web and broadcast reports • Requires constant updating
What is News? -Enterprise Reporting • Usually a large investigative process – a story that you find, not one that finds you (generally). • Many forms: • An investigative reporter who exposes wrongdoing that results in gov’t action to fix the problem • An in-depth report on crime in your city that uses statistics to tell where it is safe and unsafe.