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News Values: How Editors Determine the News

Project Overview

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.