What makes a story newsworthy?
There are 7 elements that go into deciding if a story is newsworthy:
- Impact or Consequence
- Novelty or Rarity
- Human Interest
When did it/is it happen/ing? For example, if you want to write about an event, you would want to either write a preview a week or so BEFORE the event or write a review a day or a few days AFTER. Write your preview too soon or post your review too late and it loses it’s “timeliness” and won’t be as valuable to the readers.
Location, location, location! If something is going on and is/was happening/ed IN or around Denton, our readers probably want to know about it!
Impact or Consequence
Think protests. rallies. 23 car pileup on the highway. Anything impacting A LOT of people.
Novelty or Rarity
Did someone break a world record for chewing the most pieces of gum? Is Denton the home to the next octoMom? If it’s weird or strange or doesn’t happen much, it’s probably a good story.
If something will directly affect our readers, we should report on it. Is the city passing new laws? Are the police cracking down on DWIs? Is UNT buying up all the land to take over Denton? WRITE IT UP.
If a story will draw emotions out of the reader, this is human interest. Think: V-day profile on a couple that’s been married for 50 years, the story of the struggle of dealing with addiction, or a roundup of the worst FB live comments.
Local celebrity opening a store? Beyonce at BYOB? Did the mayor get a DUI? If they are “important” people doing things in Denton, people wanna know about it.