Below are distinctions about what "newsworthy," or "generally agreed-upon values that help determine what gets published or broadcast," is. This page is to both show the distinctions that Norma Green brings forth in her article in Journalism: History, Principles, Practices, as well as to open up questions towards the possibility of new distinctions which are more oriented to bringing value in a networked, participatory world.


Our Interpretation of Green's Distinction

Timeliness was the publishing of news with respect to three components: recency (recent disclosure), immediacy (little delay before publication), and currency (relevance to current concerns).

Questions and Speculative Breakdowns

What are the differences between recency and immediacy? In a world where traditional news is printed the next day, and where, citizen journalists can write and post about an event while at the event, do these distinctions still bring anything relevant? Currency, as relevance to current concerns, has something I like. But people's concerns will not just shape the news articles they read, but their concerns will shape how they read it and what they get from the article. So how, as a journalist, do you write to concerns. (What are concerns...) And what role does the media play in shaping the concerns of the public? Americans would not be concerned about Darfur if the media did not show that and bring it to the forefront. --Sarahcove 07:29, 25 April 2007 (UTC)

Our Speculations

In this area, I was struggling with what is timeliness. I react to "news should be timely" as something that is obvious. But as I tried to see why it was obvious, I couldn't build anything. Is there any reason why I, as a reader, really need to know whether a restaurant down the street opened yesterday or opened a week ago? Would I be less interested in it if it was reported later? I found out about Senator Allen being caught on tape using racist language maybe a week or more after it happened and it was still interesting for me. From the perspective of a competitive newspaper, I can see the advantage of timeliness. You want to be the first discloser; otherwise what you say won't be news. But, if newsworthy is "[stories] that the public crave," is this newsworthy? Anyway, below are my attempts/questions at a new understanding of time in journalism and the different roles that can be played in different temporal dimensions.) --Sarahcove 07:29, 25 April 2007 (UTC)

What is time? Biologically (The numbers represent different temporal moments.): An event occurs: a biological unity observes/reacts to it. This observer's first-order reactions are assessments about the event which orient it to a certain future. For example, you are walking down the street and you hear metal crunching -- a car crash. "Oh shit. What was that?" as your body becomes exhilarated and you move your eyes to the direction of the noise. A second observer of the first observer builds story about the first observer occurrence. (someone please refine this) "Man, that white car ran that red and spun that red car right around. But you know, accidents at this light are very common. I've seen six already this year. It's because that large tree covers the red lights. I should write to the city about this. A third observer ... --Sarahcove 07:29, 25 April 2007 (UTC)

If we claim the Internet network is a fast, well-coordinated organism. Then temporal dimensions in Citizen Journalism could exist in: Citizen journalists report on an event while it happens. The technology we have today: the cell phone cameras, wifi, podcasts, bring the world to the networked web in the moment an event happens. The network reacts to the initial event. (Thirty-five more American soldiers died in Iraq this week.) People begin commenting on the event, bringing new observers to the event. We build stories and links between them. (Citizen journalists could provide the rigor in the narratives.) ("This is a horrible war, the government hasn't managed it well and needs to pull out." or "We need to continue and clean up the mess we have made.") Citizen journalists observe, make present, and refine the distinctions that are being used for observing the world and providing linkages. (How are Americans viewing their role in this war? What are the perspectives of other world communities? What new perspectives or interpretations can they offer us?) --Sarahcove 07:29, 25 April 2007 (UTC)


Our Interpretation of Green's Distinction

"The geographical closeness of an event to a news audience is often the way news decisions of today are prioritized."

A local angle on the news

Our Speculations


Our Interpretation of Green's Distinction

"Names make the news, especially those attahced to people recognized for their wealth, beauty, intelligence, lineage, performance as an actor or athlete, or public standing as a politician, clergy, or physician, for instance."

"Pointing out differences is a familiar and successful approach in American news selection and evaluation."

Our Speculations


Our Interpretion of Green's Distinction

"Division among people based on political ideologies, religious beliefs, socio-economic class, race, ethnicity, age, and gender has been a driving principle or U.S. news since colonial times."

"Even today, news stories covering seemingly eternal conflicts including age against youth, society against the individual, men against women, the living against the dead, and men against the gods may miss the key significance for news audiences--what is the direct consequence to them? Does it hit them in the wallet or is it a threat to their health and safety? These issues command attention."

Our Speculations


Our Interpretation of Green's Distinction

"When [journalists] weighed various story possibilities, they determined how particular news impacted national security, economic stability, health, and safety issues, for instance. Sometimes the consequences were not immediately clear."

Our Speculations

Human Interest

Our Interpretation of Green's Distinction

"The ability of a news story to seize its audience with laughter, tears, fear, or suspense."

"News stories were valued for their emotional apeal and unusualness as much as their world significance."

Our Speculations

Human interest seems to me to be a way to trigger deeply-engrained emotional patterns (patterns we are more addicted to). We enjoy that story because of our biological addiction. For example, for a parent, watching shows on major broadcast television about a sex offender can trigger fear, disgust, etc...(build example) --Sarahcove 07:50, 25 April 2007 (UTC)


Our Interpretation of Green's Distinction

"Anything out of the ordinary may be newsworthy."

Our Speculations

I listened to novelty ("Most Colossal Animal Ever on Earth Just Found Out West" as a headline for a brontosaurus find in the 1800s) as entertainmentish. What is news? What is entertainment? What is journalism? --Sarahcove 07:58, 25 April 2007 (UTC)

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