What makes a story newsworthy? For this article, we’ll focus on three elements of newsworthy content: the impact, the locality, and the “news value” of the information. Each of these elements plays a significant role in making a story newsworthy. In addition, we’ll discuss how to recognize newsworthy content and how to write about it. Despite these differences, we can agree on the basics of newsworthy content.
Human interest stories are not newsworthy
Some people might say that human interest stories are not newsworthy, but that’s just not true. Stories like these are widely shared and can provoke an emotional response. They can range from an inspiring comeback story to a horrific report of incompetence. Nevertheless, human interest stories aren’t necessarily newsworthy, and they often fail to meet the other requirements. Listed below are the rules of what’s newsworthy, and what’s not.