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Hard News
Hard news

The collapse of the twin towers in New York, the first man on the moon, the assassination of John F. Kennedy, income tax goes up by a penny. All these are examples of a hard news story. All journalists recognize a hard news story the minute they hear one, but it's less easy to generalize than you might think.

News itself has been defined in a variety of memorable ways. ‘The first rough draft of history’ according to Ben Bradlee, former editor of the Washington Post; ‘anything that makes a reader say “Gee Whiz!”’, according to Arthur McEwen; ‘something someone, somewhere doesn't want you to print’ (Anon) or more prosaically as ‘that which is new, interesting and true’. Importance, significance, relevance and immediacy also ...

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