How subjective news value is derived
The abbreviation TODAY stands for headlines, news and weather. Other than the above, news is defined by different writers and journalists of the news genre. According to the Oxford dictionary, news is new, current or noteworthy news, especially concerning current events. It is often updated or current affairs. Today, news covers all domains like entertainment, politics, business, sports, health, education, crime, and environmental news.
Current events are those news that is reported and broadcast by radio, television, or Internet news media such as bloggers. While news is of two types newsworthy events and non-news events-the listeners are sometimes confused with the words of both types. News can be both audible and visual in nature.
The listeners and readers may have many different questions in their minds just waiting to be recognized by the words “news.” How news can be heard? Well, there are many different ways of hearing and understanding news.
For example, many newspapers try to give out “good news” in the form of stories, columns, and editorials. But this good news is not really news at all. It is merely an expression of what is generally accepted as being normal, typical, expected, or acceptable. In other words, in today’s world, “good news” is not really news at all.
But even though “good news” may not be news at all, it may still affect how the listeners perceive that news. Perhaps the new technologies are an exciting, yet strange story. Perhaps the latest high tech gadgets are a story, but only to a certain extent. These things may affect how the listeners feel about the world of tomorrow.
But the listeners who feel that it is important to hear about and observe the common people in other societies may need a little more than “good news” in order to make news interesting to them. The listeners who have an interest in how human societies work will want to know about those common human activities that make life worth living. News will appeal to this category of audience because those items that they consider to be news will be news to them as well. So, even though “good news” may not be news to all listeners, all types of news will appeal to the category of news listeners described above.
The listeners who are interested in making social change or improving the conditions of human life will be looking for stories, information, and data that are relevant to their lives. Social change is the driving force behind many news stories. So the objectivity of a news story is closely related to the objectivity of those who are reporting on the news. Different reporters have their own way of deciding whether a story is relevant and important, and so the objectivity of that reporter depends upon the objectivity of those who will be reading or hearing about the story.
The objectivity of the reporter does have something to do with the objectivity of the listener, however. For instance, the person who is not a big fan of airplanes may find the recent big news story about a plane crash to be very newsworthy. The same person may not take the interest that the person who likes airplanes has in that matter. So the newsworthiness of a story will depend on the class of people who are reading or hearing about the story. In this way, the subjective news value of a piece of writing or news article essentially depends on the audience for the piece.