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    1 : Elements of news judgment What editors take into account
    2 : What is news?
    3 : What is news? Curtis D. MacDougall 1938 classic “Interpretative Reporting” “News is an account of an event which a newspaper prints in the belief that by so doing it will profit.”
    4 : Deciding what’s news
    5 : Deciding what’s news Timeliness
    6 : Deciding what’s news Timeliness Impact
    7 : Deciding what’s news Timeliness Impact Singularity (uniqueness)
    8 : Deciding what’s news Timeliness Impact Singularity (uniqueness) Proximity
    9 : Deciding what’s news Timeliness Impact Singularity (uniqueness) Proximity Prominence
    10 : Deciding what’s news Timeliness Impact Singularity (uniqueness) Proximity Prominence Conflict
    11 : Timeliness Something that just happened is newsier than something that happened a while ago
    12 : Timeliness Something that just happened is newsier than something that happened a while ago Key on the latest development, not the original incident
    13 : Impact Real, not theoretical
    14 : Impact Real, not theoretical “World could end tomorrow”
    15 : Impact Real, not theoretical “World could end tomorrow” Death is the ultimate impact
    16 : Impact Real, not theoretical “World could end tomorrow” Death is the ultimate impact Numbers also matter (how many)
    17 : Singularity
    18 : Singularity “Man bites dog”
    19 : Singularity “Man bites dog” Coincidence
    20 : Proximity Local angle
    21 : Proximity Local angle How to define?
    22 : Proximity Local angle How to define? In some cases, local local; in other cases the whole state, region or country
    23 : Proximity Local angle How to define? In some cases, local local; in other cases the whole state, region or country Just because something happened nearby doesn’t mean it’s newsworthy
    24 : Prominence
    25 : Prominence Celebrity
    26 : Prominence Celebrity A famous person
    27 : Prominence Celebrity A famous person This does NOT refer to groups
    28 : Prominence Celebrity A famous person This does NOT refer to groups A story about a teacher is not necessarily newsworthy just because teachers occupy a prominent place in society
    29 : Conflict
    30 : Conflict Ranges from policy disputes
    31 : Conflict Ranges from policy disputes To sports rivalries
    32 : Conflict Ranges from policy disputes To sports rivalries To shooting wars
    33 : Always a balancing act
    34 : Always a balancing act Stories that have more elements of news are likely to be stronger than those with fewer
    35 : Always a balancing act Stories that have more elements of news are likely to be stronger than those with fewer But there are gradations within each category
    36 : Always a balancing act Stories that have more elements of news are likely to be stronger than those with fewer But there are gradations within each category Bigger & smaller celebrities; bigger & smaller impacts; bigger & smaller conflicts
    37 : Who are our readers?
    38 : Who are our readers? Local Oshkosh paper
    39 : Who are our readers? Local Oshkosh paper Traditional values
    40 : Who are our readers? Local Oshkosh paper Traditional values Homogeneous
    41 : Who are our readers? Local Oshkosh paper Traditional values Homogeneous Sports/outdoors

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