The news value of an event can vary greatly from society to society. While the same event may affect cows in one society and pigs in another, the content of news may be quite different. Though the content of news may differ from place to place, the process of evaluating its news value is the same. Below are some elements of news:
Human interest stories
A human interest story in the news is a story in which the focus is on people and the circumstances in which they find themselves. It is not, as is often assumed, about facts and statistics. Rather, it aims to appeal to the sympathies of readers and explain why life is difficult for certain people. This is not to say that all human interest stories are worth reading or being discussed, but to show how stories can help a cause or change public opinion.
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Journalism’s responsibility to report on it
While journalists often claim to be independent, the responsibility of reporting on news is their primary role. Reporters and editors are expected to report news accurately and unbiasedly. However, some sources may have conflicting interests, which require attribution. When possible, journalists should seek the knowledge of the source before publishing a story. This way, they can discuss possible sources and assess their suitability for publication. Journalists should resist the temptation to favor sources by refusing to give their names. In addition, they should make it clear that the information they obtain cannot be published, unless they give their permission.
Ethics of reporting it
Ethical reporting is the pursuit of truth in reporting. Journalists should avoid inaccuracies and use source-verification techniques as they report news. Libel insurance should cover journalists in the event of a lawsuit. Journalists should also show compassion to those whose lives they may have affected by their news coverage. They should use discretion when interviewing children, inexperienced sources, or taking photographs of people in grief. Ethics of reporting news can be difficult, but the pursuit of the news should not be a license for arrogance and ignorance. Journalists should also be aware of privacy laws. Journalists must not abuse the trust of people they interview and should always be aware of the risks they pose.
Sources of news
A source of news can be many things, depending on the type of story that is being reported. Typically, news is reported shortly after an event occurs. This early stage of the Information Lifecycle means that the news must be brief and to the point. News is needed by people for a variety of reasons, including breaking news, historical perspectives, and modern views on historical topics. News sources can include newspapers, televisions, radio stations, press releases, and conferences and formal press conferences.
Impact of news stories
One way to measure the impact of news stories is through engagement metrics. Those metrics are derived from social media data, but it’s important to note that they are not the same thing as impact. The impact of news stories isn’t merely measured by audience size, but also by the number of shares they get. To understand this better, here are some examples of social media data that measure engagement and impact. Read on for more information.