Quotes from Dr. Jerz:
"Unusual events are news worthy"
"Mayor naps at work"
"Visiting Pope loses dollar in vending machine"
The above quotes are from Dr. Jerz's "Newsworthiness" sound recording. He mentioned several examples that people would find not important for the news. One very important concept that I learned from this recording is that if an article or news piece is out of the ordinary, then the news will love it. It almost has to be weird or have not happened for a long time in order for the news to like it and, therefore, the viewers.
Why does the news have to have uncommon events? Why can't it have normal and happy ending events?
Did you ever notice how the news hardly ever reports on good things, but quite the opposite - negative events. If someone runs naked across a football field, then I bet that would make the news because it hasn't happened in a long time and/or is uncommon.
The news has set standards for what it reports and what it does not report. A great survey, to support this topic, would be to have news companies send out questionnaires asking people about what they find newsworthy and why. I bet we would get a wide spectrum of answers!
Click here for the web page devoted to Newsworthiness.