Crimson has to ask itself what is worthy of being printed among the many choices we face each week. Are we writing what people want to read? What they SHOULD read? Develop a sense for what makes a story newsworthy. This is called “a nose for news.” These themes are classically WORTHwhile…
Hard News Themes
-Is the story a struggle between two opposing sides? Student vs. student? Administration vs. students? A cop vs. a criminal? Political struggles?
-Will the story cover something that has already happened? Expand on the topic? Provide the audience with more info?
-Will the story cover something that happened out of our control? Car accident? Fire? Earthquake? Death?
-Does the story cover an issue that affects many people or a few people very deeply? Food prices raised? Immigration issues? Student Services being cut?
Soft News Themes
5. Human interest/emotional factors
-Does it pull on heartstrings? Is it “Titanic” status? Will it make us angry, happy, sad?
-Is the story about a popular/prominent student, teacher or celebrity? Student/teacher win an award?
-Something unusual? A wrestler with no legs? A girl with a walking disability in marching band?
8. Romance and relationships
-Humans find interest in these topics. Did a teacher get married? Blind date is a perfect example.
-It’s simple. Humans love animals! Shark fin soup? Endangered tigers? Bald eagles off the endangered list? Cat photo album!