Journalists must ask what is WORTHY of being printed. There are so many choices of WHO and WHAT and HOW to write a story or shoot a photo. 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 and
Hard News Themes
|CONFLICT||Fights. Struggles. Crimes. Aggression.||Years of Torture|
|PROGRESS||Change. Improvement.Justice. Victory.||Mothers kicking drugs|
|DISASTER||Fires. Deaths. Accidents. Dangers. Suffering.||Fatalities in teen crashes spike|
|CONSEQUENCE||Impact. Importance. Life-n-death. Essential problems.||Melting Ice in Greenland|
Soft News Themes
|EMOTION||Joy. Pain. Hope. Fear. Despair. Trust. There are so many.||Pretty, Big, and Dancing|
|NOVELTY||It’s unusual. Original. Surprising. STICK!||He’s the Voice of Movie Trailers!|
|RELATIONSHIP||Friendship. Love. Romance. Dating. Connections.||Those Nigerian female auto mechanics|
|ANIMALS||Mic drop.||The Real Air Bud|