The Gatekeepers of News


News is current and interesting events brought to the public in an accurate and quick manner. Whether it is printed on a newspaper, broadcast on TV or posted on a news Internet site, the events that make it to the front page are decided upon by people who work in the news business. These people are called gatekeepers and, depending on the medium, might be known as editors, news directors or even news managers. Taking recommendations from reporters and assistant editors, they decide what will be reported and in what order. They are looking for stories that are compelling, based on a variety of factors including timeliness, drama and consequence.

For example, a story about the death of a celebrity is likely to make the news because it is dramatic. However, a story about a baby tiger walking to school with its mother would not be as interesting, even though it is still an event of consequence. This is because, in a news context, the public has already come to understand that a story with an element of tragedy or suspense will be more important.

It is also important to consider the demographic of the audience for a news article. For example, if you are writing about a city council meeting in Kansas City, the audience might be primarily people living there or interested in politics. If you are writing about a zoological event, the demographic may be more broader and might include people from many different states or countries.