Abducted by Aliens
From Crime Reporting Tips:
“Always try to tell a crime story in human terms. Do not concentrate all the time on the police or the criminals. Look at what has happened to the victim. Your readers or listeners are more likely to be victims of crime than they are to be either police officers or criminals.”
I had never really thought about this before but it is true. Usually, the focus is on the victim of the crime. As we talked about in class and online, it’s all about the emotions. If someone can report that the victim cried as they talked about their house being burned to the ground, it is more newsworthy. The newspaper would mention that the cause of the fire was arson and someone has been taken into custody by a police officer, but it is doubtful that either the policeman or suspected arsonist would be focused on. The importance lies in relatability. It seems that the more relatable a story is, the more newsworthy it is. Of course, something big has to happen. Obviously, “Angela brushes her teeth” isn’t news. But most people can relate to the loss of a loved one.
I do recognize that the opposite is also true. Sometimes the completely unrelatable makes the news as well. If say an alien spaceship came to Louisville, Kentucky and abducted 30 farmers on one night, I may read it just because it’s completely bizarre. I can’t relate to being abducted by aliens but it sure makes for an interesting story.