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1 Elements of News Top ten elements that make a story newsworthy.

2 Timeliness How recent a story is. Not all of the story needs to be timely.

3 Proximity How near to you a story is. People are generally more interested in stories that are geographically close to them.

4 Consequence How many people are impacted by the story. Examples: new laws, taxes, etc.

5 Prominence The more famous a person is, the more likely they are to make the news. If you and the president both went to lunch, only the president would make the news.

6 Drama The more movie-like a story is, the more newsworthy it is. Whenever life and death hang in the balance, it is news

7 Oddity Whenever strange things happen, it will make the news. It can also occur with events that only happen once every great while.

8 Conflict Whenever there are two opposing side to an issue. This can also be taken literally… a fight or argument.

9 Emotions People love reading stories that play on emotion. Awwwwww factor

10 Sex Should always be reported in a mature manner. Deals with marriage, divorce, dating, etc.

11 Progress Any new discovery or helpful invention can make the news. This can also be a timely update on a long-standing project.

12 Dont forget! The more of these elements you combine, the more newsworthy a story is. Rarely will a story just have one element if it is on the front page.


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