One of the biggest debates in the entire category of journalism is what officially makes news, well, news. I have a list which ask some basic questions which categorize news as, well, news. I am going to show a couple of headlines, and then use the info on the list to categorize things. If you want to see the list, you can go to https://saxonjournalism.files.wordpress.com/2013/02/journalism005.jpg.
Montana lawmaker says yoga pants should be illegal.
What the H-E-Double Hockey Sticks is that all about? I think that if being bizarre was the only criteria for counting as, well, news, then this would automatically make the cut. I simply don’t have much to say about that.
The only real thing that makes this news is that it is weird. It is otherwise insignificant, but I believe that the level of weirdness more than makes up for its lack of importance.
Find this ridiculous article at http://www.statesmanjournal.com/search/yoga%20pants/.
Will Tiger Woods Ever Play Tournament Golf Again?
I hope to God he doesn’t. I personally think that he sucks at golf, and is getting worse daily.
Discussing the article, I do believe this could be counted as news, mainly because it involves a fame factor (For some odd reason, Tiger Woods is very popular) and it will affect golfers around the globe, who see Tiger Woods as a hero in the world of small white spheres being hit into little holes.
At least Tiger is being realistic about his expectation. Read more at http://www.wsj.com/video/will-tiger-woods-ever-play-tournament-golf-again/74E84DAE-210B-4B9A-A659-EDF4C4B729F1.html.
‘The Walking Dead’ Season 5: Tyreese Faces His Demons.
I don’t watch the Walking Dead. I think it is loaded with useless blood, violence, and gore, the kind of stuff that will give people nightmares. I feel that there would be a lot less violence in the world if this show was completely banned. But that isn’t the point I am trying to make.
This isn’t news, so to see it on the website for the New York Times is a little bit disappointing. It isn’t relevant, it isn’t local, it really isn’t important, there is nothing timely about it, and nothing else on our list of media criteria really fits to this. Read the tabloids if you want to know about this stuff, but save the New York Times for, well, news!
If you are really a hard-core Walking Dead fan, you can use this link: http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/02/08/the-walking-dead-recap/?ref=television&_r=0.
Oregon: Fellow Democrats Urge Governor to Resign in Ethics Scandal.
Kitzhaber did a bad, bad thing. He got himself involved in a scandal (Since when does that ever happen in politics? That is shocking!). This is definitely news, especially in Oregon. If Kitzhaber decides to resign, he would be the fifth governor of Oregon to resign, and the only one to resign because of a scandal.
This news is relevant for American politics (Especially for the Democrats), local, important for the Oregon State Government, timely, involves a somewhat famous person, and has an almost comical story, if it didn’t ruin this man’s reputation (Okay, it would still be somewhat funny). This is the best example of news that I have on this post, and my second favorite, after the yoga pants.
Find the link on http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/13/us/oregon-fellow-democrats-urge-governor-to-resign-in-ethics-scandal.html.
World War II veteran finally receives high school diploma.
Go Fox News. That has got to be my favorite news network ever. Fun.
This WWII vet was 93 when he finally received his high school diploma in Rhode Island. There is something almost heartwarming about that. I believe that this covers every news criteria with the exception of weirdness. The story is especially what makes this news. And to Domenic Giarrusso, I salute you for your service and am glad that you have finally received your diploma. I don’t know if you will ever read this, but if you do, then I just want to say congrats. 😉