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Journalism Tips: Newsworthy vs Snoozeworthy

“Dog bites man” is snoozeworthy because it happens all the time, but “man bites dog” is less common, so it is more newsworthy. A Newsworthy Story is uncommon (rather than common) affects many people (rather than few) people has significant impact (rather than trivial) happens nearby (rather than far away) involves prominent people (rather than ordinary people) Most stories don’t meet all five of these criteria. One man’s intense grief…

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Father copes with toddler son’s cancer by creating ‘empathy’ game

Green and Larson both admit that even the most seasoned gamers might be disturbed when they realize they can’t simply “win” this level by battling some final boss or shooting at a group of hungry zombies. But this discomfort is part of the point — by allowing player to fail in a certain sense, they believe they can give a more realistic depiction of what struggling with a chronic illness…