Current Events Assignment

posted May 12, 2012, 8:23 AM by   [ updated May 14, 2012, 1:17 PM ]

Once your assignment is complete, I will post it here: Current Events Presentations. I would also like you to post your completed presentation to your own blog. Once everyone has finished, we will comment on each other's assignments.

Why is this topic "newsworthy"?

For one of your slides, you will need to answer the question, "Why is this topic 'newsworthy'?" In answering this question, consider the following:

  • Timeliness -- News that is happening right now, news of interest to readers right now.
  • Relevance -- The story happened nearby or is about a concern of local interest.
  • Magnitude -- The story is great in size or number; for example, a tornado that destroys a couple houses might not make the news but a story about a tornado that devastates a community would be very newsworthy.
  • Unexpectedness -- Something unusual, or something that occurs without warning.
  • Impact -- News that will affect a large number of readers.
  • Reference to someone famous or important -- News about a prominent person or personality.
  • Oddity -- A unique or unusual situation.
  • Conflict -- A major struggle in the news.
  • Reference to something negative -- Bad news often "sells" better than good news.
  • Continuity -- A follow-up or continuation to a story that has been in the news or is familiar.
  • Emotions -- Emotions (such as fear, jealousy, love, or hate) increase interest in a story.
  • Progress -- News of new hope, new achievement, new improvements.

    Be sure to explain your choices thoroughly.