How would you define news? Chances are we all have different ideas about what makes something newsworthy, and we might wonder why some topics or events that interest us don’t make the headlines.

what is news poster thumbnailReporters, editors and other newsroom leaders constantly filter information to determine what is most important and interesting to their communities when deciding what to cover and how prominently to feature the material. Editors and reporters put a lot of thought — and meeting time — into deciding what is news. Many factors come into play — including staff, space, mix of content, community representation and more.

This straightforward poster is a reminder of the basic factors that make something newsworthy. And if you witness or are aware of something in your community that meets these criteria, call in a tip to your local newspaper, TV or radio station.

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