All posts filed under: Newsworthy

The balancing act of digital journalism

Like many these days, I get my news online. Twitter and Facebook feeds provide me with bite-sized chunks of information that I can click, read (sometimes skim) and share or send to others. Thus, when an Atlantic article popped up in my Facebook feed today entitled “My Students Don’t Know How to Have a Conversation,” I clicked and read. What I learned made me realize that the future of journalism (and the rest of the world) is in the hands of these students. Some who can’t even hold a conversation… Paul Barnwell, a high school teacher and author of the Atlantic article, said that through projects aiming to practice the skill of conversation he is “focused on sharpening students’ ability to move back and forth between the digital and real world.” Barnwell notices a lack of intellectual discussion, online and in person, among his students and the millennial generation as a whole. Think about this: his class is surely comprised of future lawyers, doctors, engineers, teachers, government officials and most importantly (for the sake of this blog) future journalists. …

TOMS brews new movement

Today, TOMS Shoes launched a new movement that aligns with their ‘One for One‘ mission. This movement is newsworthy. Why? TOMS Roasting Co.‘s essential goal is to provide clean drinking water for deprived countries through employing farmers and giving back to the countries who are farming TOMS coffee beans. With every purchase of one bag of TOMS coffee, one week of clean drinking water (about 140 liters) is provided to a person in need. Take a peek at this video:   TOMS Roasting Co. is newsworthy because it’s creating a solution for what much of the world suffers from: lack of clean water. This movement can only be successful through promotion (by news outlets and otherwise) and society’s genuine dedication to helping others. It’s newsworthy because this movement appeals to people. It deals with the well-being of humanity. It’s a human interest issue; and possible solution to the problem.

Amtrak may be offering ‘writing residencies’

I saw this article on Thought Catalog today and again on The Wire. Basically, Amtrak responded to this tweet by writer, Jessica Gross … and decided to offer her a trial ride. According to interviews (and an article by Jessica) post NYC-Chicago-NYC ride, it went fabulously. If these ‘writing residencies’ actually come to fruition, this is how they would work—writers would be selected on a case-by-case basis, pick a city, ride to and fro (hopefully for free) and write, write, write. This is a pretty revolutionary idea, especially considering its conception being on Twitter. It’s new-age and it’s great marketing for Amtrak. But, on that same note, since it’s still in its early stages they’ll have to figure out what constitutes someone as a “writer” and what they’ll have to do on their journey for it to be “successful.” What’s the big idea? This could bring back the organic experience of wifi-free, stream of consciousness writing. The allure of travel and writing have always been a sensational pair and this deal with Amtrak has the potential …

Fraternities Under Fire

This piece by Caitlin Flanagan was recently published as The Atlantic‘s cover story: The Dark Power of Fraternities. Not only does this piece investigate the depths of fraternity life and its casualties but it delves into some of the discrepancies over college tuition, admissions and student loans. The investigative reporting in this piece is an impressive mixture of intensive research and first-hand observation along with a strong thread of narrative profiles. Notable words: “Articles like this one are a source of profound frustration to the fraternity industry, which believes itself deeply maligned by a malevolent press intent on describing the bad conduct of the few instead of the acceptable—sometimes exemplary—conduct of the many. But when healthy young college students are gravely injured or killed, it’s newsworthy. When there is a common denominator among hundreds of such injuries and deaths, one that exists across all kinds of campuses, from private to public, prestigious to obscure, then it is more than newsworthy: it begins to approach a national scandal.” “The thing to remember about fraternities is that when Kappa Alpha …

Danish Zoo Kills Giraffe and Feeds it to Lions

Source: USA Today February 9, 2014 A Copenhagen zoo killed an 18-month old giraffe to prevent inbreeding, and later fed the carcass to lions. This article is newsworthy because it has the news values of impact, human interest, conflict and most significantly bizarreness. While the event as a whole is certainly negative, it sheds light on the operations and practices of foreign zoos; it has impact on the community. Conflict, because the article explains that multiple animal rights groups attempted to prevent the killing from happening. The bizarreness and newsworthiness of this story is likened to the newsworthiness of a “man-bites-dog” story rather than the common “dog-bites-man” story. People are inherently animal lovers, to read a headline claiming an animal (especially one as rare as a giraffe) had been killed compels people to read on to find out what happened–this is newsworthy.