Making News Out of the Human Interest
News reports are designed to inform the public by reporting important events. Each day, reporters shape this chaotic chaos, that the public gets it straightly packaged and sorted into useful stories, the very next day in print, television or radio and then the following day in many newspapers. It would often be subjective.
It is an established fact that most people are not interested in news. News, for example a story about recent events, is likely to be interesting to those who follow current events and are interested in knowing what is happening in that country or region, but is probably not going to be of interest to the rest of us. This has serious consequences for those of us who rely on media for our information.
Television, radio and newspaper presenters know that their audience consists mainly of people who are interested in current affairs, breaking news and the like, rather than people who are interested in what happens at a particular moment. This makes it difficult to make any kind of detailed analysis on any given subject. The same goes for any news stories. If it is a local story, you will most likely hear about the latest events from the local officials, but you will hardly ever get a full-on overview of an event that occurred thousands of miles away.
For this reason, some people would rather listen to the news on the radio or watch it on television than reading an article about it in the newspaper. But it’s important to understand that no matter how extensively a reporter covers an issue, there is no substitute for real-time reporting. Whether the reporter is working for a small community news service, a major newspaper or a cable network, he or she must be able to accurately report on any given subject. In order to do this, he or she must learn to use all of the resources available to them, and know how to use them to the fullest extent possible.
There are many ways to make news stories more newsworthy. One way, of course, is to actually write about it. There is nothing more interesting to a journalist than learning about a very significant event and spending some time researching it and writing about it. A freelance journalist can get to the heart of a story much more effectively than a reporter working for a larger news organization can. Sometimes a reporter who covers an event will try to spin the facts to make the story more newsworthy, but this is generally not advisable and often constitutes dishonesty.
Newsgathering is no simple endeavor. It requires real reporters with an ear for the unusual. They must be imaginative and caring, as well. And above all, they must have the sense of objectivity. Reporting on newsworthy events requires a lot of dedication and hard work. Yet the rewards of such a job are immense.