The American public has a curious nature. As a
TV ad for a supermarket tabloid stated, “Inquiring minds want to
know.” This is the rationale underlying most news operations. News
stories are published or broadcasted because people want to know
what is happening or what has happened and why.
The average person is not aware of the criteria
used to decide what events are reported to the public. In this Real
World Learning Object, students will be introduced to eight
qualities editors use to determine if an event is newsworthy. To
demonstrate understanding of these qualities, students will also be
required to define each quality in their own words and to identify
internet news stories that exemplify each news quality.
This RWLO is aimed at language arts students at
the secondary and post-secondary levels.