News Values

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Negativity
Death, tragedy, bankruptcy, natural disaster, violence, political upheaval stories etc are always rated above positive stories.
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Proximity
Audiences relate more to stories that are geographically or culturally closer to them. News gatekeepers must consider how relevant the story is to a particular audience.
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Recency
News broadcasters are highly competitive over being the first to report a story. For this reason, there are many 24 hour news channels, whose aim it is to be the first to report.
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Currency
Almost the opposite of recency, currency is how long the story has been in the public eye. The longer it has sustained public interest, the more important the story is.
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Continuity
Stories likely to be reported for a long period of time (such as a war or a two week sports event) will be deemed more valuable as they create a "tune in next time" element.
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Uniqueness
A story which covers any usual ground is much more likely to be reported than a story that is reported frequently, as it captures the audience's attention.
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Simplicity
Stories which are easier to explain hold the audience's attention for longer, as well as coming across more reliable as there aren't a lot of details lost in confusion.
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Personality
Stories centring around a single person are rated highly because of the human interest angle these can be presented from. However, some think that personality is a news value that all too often is regarded too highly.
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Predictability
If a news story conforms to the public's preconceived ideas of the event in question, it is far more likely to be presented over a story that challenges or contradicts these.
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Elite nations or people
Any story covering a large cooperation, nation or organisation has more news value than smaller ones. The same goes for people- Barrack and Michelle Obama are newsworthy no matter what.
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Exclusivity
When a news broadcaster is the first and/or only to have a particular story, it is likely to be rated above any others, for the satisfaction of releasing a story with national importance before anyone else.
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Size
This does play an important role in deciding which news stories to present and when. The more people a story affects, the more money and resources involved, the more likely it is to be presented.
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Audiences relate more to stories that are geographically or culturally closer to them. News gatekeepers must consider how relevant the story is to a particular audience.

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Proximity

Card 3

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News broadcasters are highly competitive over being the first to report a story. For this reason, there are many 24 hour news channels, whose aim it is to be the first to report.

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Card 4

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Almost the opposite of recency, currency is how long the story has been in the public eye. The longer it has sustained public interest, the more important the story is.

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Card 5

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Stories likely to be reported for a long period of time (such as a war or a two week sports event) will be deemed more valuable as they create a "tune in next time" element.

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