Journalists are charged with a responsible task in this information gathering business. A NEWS REPORT has to be factual to be of any use to a
consumer. Journalists are given extensive training in the 5 ‘W’s of NEWS CONTENT
WHO is the story about ?
WHEN did it happen?
WHERE did it happen?
WHY did it happen?
Ideally after reading listening or watching a news report there should be no questions to ask, the journalist has already asked them. Of course there are always questions.Like the HOW? it happened.. which might end up been a follow up story.
Remember regardless of how well a reporter does his or her job in gathering INFORMATION objectively, a story still has to pass through a MEDIUM (TV RADIO PRINT ect) before it is presented to the public as a NEWS COMMODITY. This filtering process will become very important to consider when we begin to analyze News Stories.