First of all, be sure to read Chapter 9 (Story Forms) and Chapter 2 (The Basic News Story), if you haven’t already read it, before Tuesday’s class.
Hopefully, you took something from today’s class about what makes a story newsworthy. Below are the examples I shared in class. Don’t feel like you need to read all of these articles, but you definitely need to be reading news articles on a regular basis. Remember that more than one news value can apply to one article.
Reading other journalists’ work will improve your writing, knowledge of AP style and may spark story ideas. (You cannot copy someone’s story, but it may spark a new idea for you.) Also, as a future journalist or PR professional, you should have an interest in news itself.
NEWS VALUE: IMPACT
NEWS VALUE: TIMELINESS
NEWS VALUE: PROXIMITY
NEWS VALUE: PROMINENCE
NEWS VALUE: ODDITY
NEWS VALUE: CONFLICT
NEWS VALUE: HUMAN INTEREST
NEWS VALUE: HELPFULNESS
Happy reading! I cannot stress how important it is to read news articles of some kind.
See you Tuesday for a class on hard news writing.