News is the communication of selected[1] information on current events which is presented by print, broadcast, Internet, or word of mouth to a third

-party or mass audience. In today’s media news-based market the definition of which events, people and stories qualify as news has become as murky as a muddy river. What am I talking about? I’m talking about news: what it is, what it has become and what is should be. Most magazines, newspapers, broadcast and cable news channels cover a wide variety of what each of the establishment considers “news” for the 21st century market place. The truth is most of it isn’t news. Most of what is being reported in the magazines and on news channels, and to a certain extent in newspapers, isn’t news. What is it? Well, its pop culture. Here’s a hint for budding journalists, the following items SHOULD not be considered news: Anything having to do with celebrities (unless a celebrity is running for political office) Anything on the E! Channel Personal lives of politicians (i.e. their sex lives, families, vacation choices, etc) Call me a news purist but I think the news is something sacred and important to people’s knowledge and life choices. How can you know what is and what is not news? How can you know what you can and should report on? Defining the news is a grey area and it’s somewhat ambiguous. However, here are some key questions to ask yourself to determine if an event or incident could be considered news: Is it timely? Is it important?

Still. That may be of consequence in his household. These include the prejudice of the management. but not others. These are: a) Impact—How many people does the event affect? How seriously does it affect them? b) Proximity—An event will be more important if is closer to the readers.Does it affect a large number of people? Does it affect the audience that reads/watches the news outlet you report for? Is there human interest? If after answering these questions you are still not sure if it is news or not. if it is news. somewhat less frightening" Normally reliable 10-year-old. to reach the reading public. news is not just a change in the status quo. especially if he has become the victim of foul play. So. What if he is three hours late for dinner? Then he may be missing and that is news. Then the media must help the audience master the data. In a very real sense. as this example illustrates. It is a change of consequence in the status quo. the size of the paper. Most people rely on journalists to provide them with this up-to-date information about the world. There is no shame in asking for help or advice. but it is not news. Then his tardiness takes on community import. If you’re still in doubt ask your editor or another journalist. They are the gatekeepers. or the space allotted to news. pressure from advertisers and the news hole. allowing the accounts of some events. An earthquake in a far-off land is not as interesting as one that is close to home. "master it intellectually and emotionally by putting it in a context. news professionals agree on at least seven main factors that help them determine if an event has consequence. odds are it probably isn’t news. news also can be defined as what reporters and editors say it is. . is late for dinner. a mosaic that help[s] make it seem somewhat less gratuitous and unpredictable. News is the conglomeration of new facts and events that impact our lives. making it the journalists' responsibility to determine what is news. And there are other factors that sometimes can determine whether an event is news.

conflict has played a crucial role. and big names make big news. From the stories of Shakespeare to those of Disney. Newspapers are no different. d) Prominence—Names make news. Ordinary people are intrigued by the doings of the rich and famous. The "firsts. and if it is. .c) Timeliness—Is the event fresh? Is it new? The news must be timely to be of use to readers. drama and movies for all time." "lasts" and "onlys" have been the staples of the news business for many years. g) Audience—Who is the audience? The answer to that question helps determine whether an event is news at all. f) Conflict—Conflict has been the currency of great literature. where it will be played in the paper. e) Novelty—This is the new in news. the unusual.

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