The News

What makes an issue or event newsworthy? What factors shape the news?

Who Makes the News?


What is published in print, online, and broadcast is selected by editors and producers, based on news values — the qualities that make an issue or event worth turning into a story. The more news values an issue or event includes, the greater the likelihood it will be turned into a story for broadcast or publication.

The editors and producers who select the stories that make it to audiences are often referred to as gatekeepers. Through existing editorial structures and processes, they, along with reporters, decide what gets covered, how those stories are framed (the way they get told), what is included and what is left out.

This lesson explores the editorial process and invites students to think like an editor through critical analysis of the codes and conventions of news.

What Is News? (elementary)


All lesson docs (Word) (PDF) (Google doc)

Slide Deck (PPT)

Backgrounder & Lesson Plan  (Word) (PDF)

Activity: News Values (Word) (PDF)

Activity: Be the Editor (Word) (PDF)

News and the Editorial Process (secondary)


Backgrounder & Lesson Plan (Word) (PDF) (Google Doc)

Activity: News Analysis (Word) (PDF)

Slide Deck (PPT)

Journalism | Information & Democracy