Journalism is the activity of collecting, assessing, producing and presenting information and events in the form of news to an audience. It is a very wide field and has been broken down into specialized areas for ease of packaging and presenting the obtained data. For instance, there are sports, political or business journals among others. People who do journalism are called journalists. There isn’t any process for one to be a journalist. All it requires is the talent and the creativity to bring out ideas, facts or events. However, there are quite a number of schools and colleges that offer journalism courses albeit to refine the knowledge and add on skills like photography, reporting and so on. This is advantageous when going professional or seeking employment.
For one to have a successful or a good journalistic publication, there are significant factors that are put into consideration. Below are basic factors that cut across the entire journalistic approach to a good story.
What makes a good publication?
How unique it is
A good journal should be unique. Something out of the ordinary that which will ignite people’s feelings, emotions, reactions, and discussions. In nature, calamities like floods and drought generate stories, but things like eclipses tend to create more attention since they are very rare occasions. This makes eclipses unique hence bringing a good story. This is often called the shock factor in journalism.
How recent it is
Like the adage of how rumors spread like fire, a good journal should have such an effect. That is why nearly all journalists try to bring events as they unfold. This is done through live coverage, and this gets people’s attention making them tune to that particular point where the coverage is in real time.
If people relate to it
A journal has to impact on the audience that consumes it. For example, reporting a journal on democracy to a country that is communist would make little or no story at all, as the people in that area do not resonate with that story.
Does it captivate?
As much as the emphasis is always put on a journal to be simple, it must have the ability to seize the imagination of people regardless of the form in which the story is conveyed. For example, the birth of a child in a royal family will always capture and create a lot of attention irrespective of how the news will get to its audience. It can be through word of mouth, through reading, in video or any other format, but make sure that it is captivating.