If there is one thing that Americans hate to hear, it is bad news. But it is in fact almost impossible to imagine a news story being unfavorable to the United States of America. Almost all news items are positive for our nation. Most news is either funny or sad. Most news is an endorsement of something positive that has happened in our nation or at our country’s institutions.
It is therefore amazing how many human interest stories end up being in the newspaper and on television and heard around the world by our citizens. How does a journalist make news? Well there are a variety of ways to make news and a good reporter should be able to pick a subject or areas of interest that interests the public and then find a way to get the public to care about it. Without the public caring they would be insignificant and less likely to follow the news closely. Thus the ability to find something of particular interest to the public and then find a way for the public to care about it and then pass on this information to others interested in the same is the basis of a journalist’s job.
A good reporter will take notes on current events and then find an angle that will make the public care about the story. The most obvious method of finding news items of interest is to follow the lead of the public. A journalist may want to follow a breaking news story because that story has a huge impact on the public. In turn this story may influence a local or state government to do something about the story. Thus if a local or state government agency was threatened by the breaking news, the new leadership may find a way to help the public.
When a story like this becomes news it is generally reported across the various news networks and even on local radio stations. This is a good news item for any number of reasons. It becomes news because it is interesting, it is important, it is usually breaking news, there are a number of people who are interested in the topic, and there are a number of things that can happen which can make this news item interesting.
Finding interesting current events and making them into news stories is a relatively easy job. It takes a little research but it can be done. However, not everyone is good at identifying current events and knowing what to write about them. Some journalists will just find a story idea in their research and then turn around and report it as news. Other journalists will spend hours trying to figure out what is going on with a celebrity or any other person of interest.
The best way to get a news item of interest to the public is to know someone who works in that area of interest. They will be able to pass on the news item to you. Of course this is the first step, because without the initial news item you have no way to get it into the public eye. It may take many reporters to get the news out to all the places that care to read about it, but eventually you will see the item on television or the radio. Then you will be glad you took the time to inform yourself about the current events in your field.