Does it affect the majority of the people rather
than just a few?
Relates to the greatness or notable recognition of
An unusual event that is inherently newsworthy.
Depicts man against man or man versus nature and the
(7) Human Interest. An event or subject that has emotional elements
with which the public can empathize.
Good news that shows a change for the better.
b. Summary. One or more of these qualities should be present in your
subject matter and pictures in order for them to be newsworthy. Often you
will have to draw on your power of observation, sensitivity, and imagination
to capture and communicate to your readers the essence of the event. Good
news photographs do that and thereby leave an indelible mark on the mind of
News coverage is divided into three types:
a. Spot News.
Spot news is an event that happens without warning.
Most experienced photographers agree that a spot news event is the most
difficult and nerve-shattering assignment.
Why? Because they are rapidly
occurring events with little time to think and a pressing need to "get the
(1) Normally a spot news event requires that you work at top speed
and under the pressure of a deadline. This is a time when mastery of your
equipment and technical competence is a key factor. Your own movement and
control over the subject may be limited; however, you are still expected to
obtain complete coverage.
(2) Complete coverage may include long, medium, and close-up views.
You may be limited to camera angle, choice of lens from your equipment bag,
and the instant of exposure.
Considering the environment of a spot news
event, it may very well be the most difficult event to photograph.
b. General News.
General news is usually an event that is scheduled
and for which you have time to preplan the coverage.