What Is The News?

Low and behold, we are back. This is now the second in the series of what I am calling “What Is The News?” These articles feature recent events that were published on local news and media sites. The first looked at the fascinating phenomenon of litter picking. This can be found here.

Staying with that theme, and in fact staying with the same paper, this week’s shocker is entitled “Portmead woman ‘deeply upset’ after wrongly accused for dropping a cigarette end”. Quite the snappy title. This story was published in the March second edition of the South Wales Evening Post.

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What Is The News?

I am debating turning this into a regular feature on the site, but the chances are that I will be swept up with some other desire or fad in the coming weeks and this will remain a one-off. Even so, here it is.

Whilst working on my Journalism diploma today, I was presented with the module, “What Is News”. The assignment that came with this module required me to look at recent news articles posted on a local newspapers website and analyse them, relating my analysis to what I had just studied in the module.

I discovered an article on the South Wales Evening Post website regarding McDonalds workers picking up litter. An apparently news-worthy story. This was exactly the type of “news” I was expected to discover, as the point of the exercise was to show how loose a term “news” really is. Almost anything can be classified as news these days, and there are a number of definitions people go by.

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