News Media Trains – Current Events
Examples of news are regular reports of significant breaking news (in terms of global warming, shark sightings, political scandal) that impact the day-to-day life of people. Examples of newsworthy events include a newscast about an airplane crash; a major natural disaster; a sports event; and/or a major crime. Other less common examples of news can include product or service recalls, tax news, and entertainment news (the big movie release).
Although all news is based upon some underlying public need, there are four core values of news that have guided the direction of news coverage over time. These core values are: accuracy, transparency, personal privacy, and accountability. All journalists should uphold these core values while covering any and all topics that affect the human interest.
Accuracy is almost always associated with honesty and integrity of information. This makes newsworthy stories easier to verify and, in the case of public interest reporting, easier to react to. Informing the public is always more valuable than pushing a marketing agenda through inaccurate or misleading information. This is why business and entertainment journalists must adhere to specific guidelines for accurate reporting, including crediting sources and citing documents when needed.
Transparency refers to the willingness of a source to be adequately disclosed and the timeliness with which this information is provided. Informing the public about important matters and events that impact their lives is what transparency is all about. The news media has an important role to play in ensuring that the public’s right to know is protected. It is important for journalists to follow the law when deciding whether to withhold information. In addition, the news media play an important role in educating the public regarding important topics. News chapters that emphasize investigative reporting skills as well as those that emphasize interviewing techniques for breaking news are examples of organizations that keep up to date on developments in their field.
Reporters work to keep readers informed about current events. Good news stories help to educate the public about current events. Reporters help build community trust in local, state and national media and provide citizens and professionals with up to date and accurate information about current events. Good news stories inform the public while also informing the media about events. Reporters work closely with the news division to find and pursue story ideas that will fulfill a key need while also meeting a specific deadline.
The final chapter of a current event chapter is titled Reviewing the Day. In this part of the current event guide, the journalist highlights five important takeaways from the day’s activities. These include: the importance of the story, breaking news features, breaking news graphics, important facts and personal observations. News readers will benefit from this chapter knowing what to expect from the remainder of the day’s activities. This chapter helps to ensure the right perspective and sound decision-making when it comes to engaging in the news. When reading through this guide, you can anticipate having a good idea of which stories are of interest to you and how you should report on them.