The Five Qualities of Good News


The era of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalism has produced a new type of news that combines journalism and theater. Television and the proliferation of lobbyists and special-interest groups have increased the level of drama in news. As the public demands more information, more news stories are being crafted. This has led to a greater variety of actors and conflicts.

Characteristics of a good news story

Good news stories have five basic characteristics. They are unique and important, are timely, and have an impact on the community. They are also not just stories about people. They speak to larger issues of animal protection or life-saving measures. Finally, they are time-sensitive and have a high level of drama.

A good news story will focus on a recent event or issue and provide readers with a new story they can relate to. It should be well-researched, easy to follow, and have a human interest to it.

Impact of a story on the public

The impact of a news story on public discussion can be measured by looking at the number of tweets and posts made about the topic. Studies show that stories on controversial topics can influence public discussion. However, the specific effects of news stories can be difficult to measure. For example, the way in which they are framed can have an impact on how people process the story.

A news story that includes a lot of details can impact the public’s perception of it. But those who have knowledge about the story or experienced it firsthand are more likely to feel positive about the story’s outcome. However, many respondents also say that there are some minor inaccuracies. But overall, they feel the reporting was fair and unbiased.

Timeliness of a story

Timeliness is a critical aspect of a story in the news, as it determines its impact on audiences. Stories that are current tend to have more impact than those that are historical or distant. For example, breaking news stories often leverage the currency of time. For example, an NPR story about gas prices that broke on June 6 may be out of date by the time your blog post appears, but the news value of that story will still resonate with your readers.

In addition to being relevant and timely, newsworthiness also plays an important role in determining which stories get the most coverage. For example, a story about a football game played in November is more important than the same story in June. Similarly, a story about a minor dropout problem in a small town may be more newsworthy than a major one in a large city 500 miles away. And, in wealthy countries, national disasters are often more interesting to readers than good news. Furthermore, editors tend to focus on negative news, rather than good news, as it is more likely to create a stir in a viewership than positive news.