Today we talk about news. A news is an information about a recent event. Across cultures an event is newsworthy if it is interesting for a public, a large number of people; it has an higher impact on them, if it happens nearby; if it involves well-known people and diverge from the everyday happenings.
There are five factors to consider.
– Timing: news have to be recent and quickly reported, communication must be fast; an educated and interested audience will look for the latest update
– Significance: how many people will be affected by a story
– Proximity: stories happening nearby you will have more impact; the closer the story to home, the more newsworthy.
– Prominence: a story involving well-known people will get more coverage
– Human Interest: these are special case stories; they don’t date as quickly, they need not to affect a large number of people, and it may not matter where in the world the story takes place. Human interest stories appeal to emotion. They aim to evoke responses such as amusement or sadness.
Common topics for news reports include war, politics, and business, as well as sport contests, quirky or unusual events, and the doings of celebrities.
So you have decided that you want to cover news with your smartphone. That is a brilliant idea!
The first step is deciding what story: internet is a great source of information about any near future events; type any keywords in your search bar (i.e. the subject your are interested and the city where you live) and you will find dates and locations. Also check the local newspapers and radio stations.
– if you are interested in politics, elections, you could also contact the local press office of the political parties, for rallies, convention, and a calendar of their activities.
– if economics and finance are your bread and butter, check the economic and finance pages of specialized printed or online newspaper.
– ditto if you are passionate about sport events
– unusual events like the “International Pillow Fight Day” or the “London Naked Bike Ride”, may take a bit more of digging. But most of these are annual, so once you discovered them, keep the dates in your calendar.
– public people or celebrities are in town? keep an eye on the cultural and entertainment newspaper section and attend latest book sensation writer at a sign book or a q&a with a local politician.
All these are great situations to document; report on the atmosphere, colors of the teams, the supporters, fans, vibes and energy of the place, street food stall, people and more. Any news event will also give you opportunity to shoot for archival images; for example, Mrs Obama is taking a tour in Milan to visit Leonardo famous “Last Supper”? take external images of the Chiesa di Santa Maria delle Grazie. It can be used any time an article about Da Vinci or the painting come up.