What is News to Gatekeepers?
News is the latest information on events and happenings that happen around the world. It’s what you hear on the radio, see on TV, read in newspapers and read online. It’s what people are talking about when they talk about the news, and it’s what you want to know about.
It’s about everything
Most of the stories that you hear, read or watch on television are about things that have happened to people or places, rather than to non-human sources, like a natural disaster, a bush fire or a drought. However, this isn’t to say that all news has to be about people – many stories about crime, health or politics are based on things happening in the real world, but they still focus on what people do and think.
It’s about the time that it happens
Most people who read or watch news do so because they are interested in what is happening at that moment, whether it’s something big or small. They want to keep up-to-date with what’s happening so that they can decide what they need to do next to help make the world a better place.
It’s about drama and consequence
There are many stories that have happened to people that are so dramatic and have such a strong impact on the world that they become news. A person’s death, a major political scandal or someone breaking the law are all examples of dramatic news that people pay attention to.
It’s about proximity
Another aspect of news that is important to gatekeepers is proximity. This refers to how close an event or situation is to where you are and how close it is to what you do. This could mean that a crime that’s happening nearby is news because you can hear it on the radio, read about it in a newspaper, or look it up on your computer.
It’s about narrative
This is a very important element of news, and it means that the story you read or watch will be able to tell you about what’s going on, who is involved and why. The news will be told in a way that’s interesting to you and that explains why it’s important to you.
It’s about the people who do it
The people who do the work that makes news are the ones who make it happen. They are also the ones who make sure that the news is done well, so that people understand what’s going on.
It’s about the facts
A lot of news is made up, but some news is factual. The most important thing is that the news you read or watch is accurate, so that you can take what you learn and apply it to your life. The more you know, the more you can do. Using the facts you find, you can make informed decisions about your own life, and you can help others to do the same.