Get a Grip: What Makes It News?

Wednesday, January 24, 2018
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Radmacher Meeting Room

Journalist and scholar Jeff McMahon presents a workshop on what makes something newsworthy.

How do reporters and editors decide what information is newsworthy and what information is not? How do they organize that information within a story? How do they rank those stories and decide which go on the front page and which go, as newspaper editors say, "in the back of the book"? This workshop explores news values and the practices and traditions that influence how reporters and editors rely on those values, for better or for worse, to write, rank, and publish news stories. We'll also examine the influence of technology, from the telegraph to the internet. Once we have a grasp on news values, participants in this workshop will have an opportunity to exercise what they've learned in a news writing activity.

Limited to 30 participants.

Media Literacy @ Your Library, a project of the American Library Association in collaboration with the Center for News Literacy @ Stony Brook University, is supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Democracy Fund, and the Rita Allen Foundation.

Online registration is closed.