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News Angle
News angle

The perspective from which a story is reported is the news angle (also known as news peg or news hook). The particular slant a news item takes can depend on a variety of things, including the strength of the content (whether it contains important, interesting, unusual, different, hardhitting, responsive or predominantly descriptive information), and the type of media organization (local, national or otherwise) publishing or broadcasting the story. It also relies on editorial judgement (see news values) as news is a ‘selective view of what happens in the world’ (Harcup, 2004: 30, italics in original). Hicks says a distinction should be made between a ‘reporter's interpretation of events’ and news presented for propaganda purposes (Hicks et al., 1999: 13).

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