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ng • Interest ○ Affects me, family, friends ○ Strikes a chord ○ It could have been me ○ I would never have guessed… ○ Other "interest" factors: age, ID • Timeliness ○ New Story (it just happened) ○ Developing or continuing story ○ Ongoing story or topic with new element ○ Not new, but new to audience ○ Happened earlier just came to light • Proximity ○ Happens Locally ○ Happens outside, but affects locals ○ Happens outside, with local comment ○ Happens everywhere, including here • Proximity ○ Happens Locally ○ Happens outside, but affects locals ○ Happens outside, with local comment ○ Happens everywhere, including here ○ Happens outside to local person ○ "Universal Interest" -regional, national, international • Importance ○ Number of people, communities, countries affected ○ Policies, Laws, Proposals, Decisions ○ Severity of Effect: Safety, Injuries, Deaths ○ Pocketbook Effect: How much? Who pays? ○ Lifestyle Effect: No ear bud jack? •Controversy ○ Differing Viewpoints ○ Emotion/Conflict ○ Something is Broken, Money is Wasted ○ Us vs. Them; Big vs. Little ○ Politics, Lawsuits, Debates The Basic Q's of Journalism Thursday, January 19, 2017 2:45 PMWho, What, When, Where, Why, How • Who? ○ Who is the main subject? Who is affected? Who caused this situation? ○ Who made the decision, screwed up, won the game? ○ Pro Tip: The Who can be a person, place or thing • What? ○ What happened? Someone took money, a snowstorm hit Syracuse, Albany failed to allow ○ Uber in Upstate ○ The result, as known at the deadline • When? ○ When the storm, vote, game, proposal, accident, fire, news happened ○ Provides Context: you may need more than one • Where? ○ Where did this happen? ○ Street? City? State? Country? ○ Venue: On the steps of the Capitol, at Onondaga Lake Park? • Why? ○ Why did this happen? ○ Why is this happening now? ○ Why is this news now? ○ Why should readers/viewers care? • How? ○ How did this happen? ○ How did we get here?