What's News? – Why Is It That Only Stories of Unusual, Unfortunate and Unhappy Events Get Reported in the Daily Paper?

[The] story is told of a music critic who was sent to a concert hall in Chicago to review a performance. When he found the hall burning down, he went home and went to bed. In the morning he explained, “There was no story. The concert hall burned down.” I trust these stories are apocryphal, but they serve to illustrate the difficulty of defining news. There is some truth in…