Journalism Tips: Newsworthy vs Snoozeworthy

Jerz > Writing > Journalism “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 recent (rather than stale) is rare (rather than common) affects many (rather than few) people has weighty (rather than trivial) impact happens nearby (rather than far away) involves prominent (rather than ordinary) people Most stories don’t meet all five of these criteria. One man’s intense…

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…