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News Values
News values

These are the (somewhat mythical) set of criteria employed by journalists to measure and therefore to judge the ‘newsworthiness’ of events. The news, whether produced by a newspaper or a broadcaster, needs to be interesting, or otherwise appealing, to the target audience. News values, and the notion of newsworthiness that they are derived from, are meant to be the crystallized reflection of, or ‘ground rules’ for deciding, what an identified audience is interested in reading or watching. These ‘ground rules may not be written down or codified by news organizations, but they exist in daily practice and in knowledge gained on the job’ (Harcup and O'Neill, 2001: 261).

The study of news values takes two broad forms: first, journalists and ex-journalists have provided lists ...

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