News Values

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  • Created on: 10-02-14 15:19
Threshold
Events that are considered large and significant enough to be in the news and to have an impact - a single **** might make it into a local paper but a serial ****** might become national news
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Unambiguity
Events that are easily understood and not too complicated without the need for lots of background explanation and detail
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Unexpectedness
Events that are in some way unexpected our out of the ordinary. Events that involve drama, conflict, excitement and action, such as natural disasters or terrorist attacks are more likely to be reported than predictable everyday events
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Continuity
Events that are likely to have continuing impact - the running story, which is also convenient as the news reporters and cameras will be already be there
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Elite nations or people
Any story which involves what journalists and media customers perceive as important-powerful nations, people or organisations are seen as more newsworthy than others
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Frequency
Events that fit into the routine schedules of a newspaper’s or TV news programme’s reporting and broadcasting or publishing cycles are more likely to be covered. Events that occur quickly or unexpectedly and are of short duration are more likely to m
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Composition
Events that fit in with the style of a paper or TV channel, the balance of items, its political slant and the values of the journalists
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Meaningfulness
Events which, it is assumed will have meaning and be of interest to the newspaper’s readership or TV audience. This is essentially giving the audience what they want and is essential to maintain viewing figures or circulation
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Negativity
Bad news is always rated above positive stories. A good news story is often bad news as bad news involves many newsworthy aspects that encourage journalists to report the event
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Personalizations
Events that can be personalised and linked to individuals in some way, an given a human interest angle, with some human drama attached to them. This may include disputes between political leaders and scandals involving celebrities
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Proximity
This involves items that will have some cultural meaning or proximity to audiences e.g. what happens to British citizens is seen as more newsworthy than what happens to foreigners
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Card 2

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Events that are easily understood and not too complicated without the need for lots of background explanation and detail

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Unambiguity

Card 3

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Events that are in some way unexpected our out of the ordinary. Events that involve drama, conflict, excitement and action, such as natural disasters or terrorist attacks are more likely to be reported than predictable everyday events

Back

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Card 4

Front

Events that are likely to have continuing impact - the running story, which is also convenient as the news reporters and cameras will be already be there

Back

Preview of the back of card 4

Card 5

Front

Any story which involves what journalists and media customers perceive as important-powerful nations, people or organisations are seen as more newsworthy than others

Back

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