NEWS GATHERING

2     What is news?

‘Tidings, new or interesting information, fresh events reported.’

CONCISE OXFORD DICTIONARY

‘News is the first rough draft of history.’

– BEN BRADLEE

‘News is the immediate, the important, the things that have impact on our lives.’

– FREDA MORRIS, NBC

‘When a dog bites a man, that is not news, but when a man bites a dog, that is news.’

– CHARLES DANA

‘News is anything that makes a reader say, “Gee Whiz!” ’

– ARTHUR MCEWEN

Whatever news may be, there is more of it about than ever before – on the Net, on the growing myriad TV channels, and squawking out of the tinny speaker in the corner of the kitchen.

Survey after survey finds more people are abandoning their newspapers and turning to TV to find out what ...

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