Tashe's Blog

TOW 6: What makes a story newsworthy?
February 16, 2010, 7:56 pm
Filed under: PRCA 3330 TOW

I think a few things make a story newsworthy. I believe that the first thing is the shock value. People love to read about things that are shocking and unexpected. For example, a 70-year-old bank robber or a woman giving birth to 10 children. Things out of the ordinary or that may cause controversy.

A more serious aspect that makes a story newsworthy is relevance. Does the story affect the readers? Such as problems in your community, state, country, or even world that could affect your day-to-day life.  A good newsworthy story gives information and makes people aware of a situation.

A newsworthy story must also be interesting. I doubt many people want to read about Tom raking his lawn. A story much grab the reader’s attention and make them feel as if they HAVE to read the story.

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