The Six Essential Values of Good News Reporting
News is everywhere. It is important to be able to differentiate between what is real and what is hype. Hype is what makes many news items worthy of your attention, but often times it is only a hype that is designed to attract attention and get you to pay for the information. Here are some simple ways to separate hype from news:
Human interest: Human interest is always newsworthy in local news because humans want something that is happening to them. For instance, if you were riding in a car and someone in the car had a dog bite attack, you would likely consider that a major story with great meaning to you. A different story might be that a local boy was brutally attacked by a dog. These stories have different meaning for different people, but the underlying meaning is the same. This is the only way to tell when something is hype and when it is real.
Reporting: Not all news is reported in the newspaper. Many things are reported through websites, television and radio. In most cases, local television and radio will cover breaking news stories first. Even if the victim did not directly request that they be covered, you can expect that local media will do so. This is because of their news value, which is based on the newsworthiness of the topic.
Reporting: There are different types of journalism. Some news reporting uses several different forms of media in their reporting. They may interview people, use video and photos, or write a news article. All of these forms of media provides a different type of news value. A simple news article that does nothing more than list the location where the incident happened is not considered to be a quality reporting piece on any particular subject.
Anchors and reporters: In most instances, anchors and reporters are professionals who report for a large network or organization. They provide their perspective on the facts in an impartial manner. The news anchor rarely gets involved in the details of what is happening unless they happen to be interviewing someone about the details. While they may provide a brief overview, the story will probably be largely limited to the facts. An interviewer will attempt to get their interviewee to talk about more interesting matters that are relevant to the story, but they will not do the same for a news story that is being broadcast from a major publication.
News reporting is important for any medium to convey to its audience. Any system of news media should have a standard of quality and truthfulness at all times. A news story should be newsworthy, relevant, and provide information that is accurate. In order to deliver news that is both accurate and newsworthy, journalists and editors must adhere to certain standards. These are the six values that make up the key components of good news reporting.