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What is newsworthy?
Who decides what is newsworthy?
What is a news line-up?
What is the journalist’s Code of Ethics?
What are the laws of defamation - the difference between libel and slander, and how are they applied?
What is meant by 'slanting a story’?
Do proprietors exercise editorial control?
These questions and more are answered in our lecture series

                                              How the Mass Media Works

So, what makes news? In AUS and most other western countries, Editors usually ask: how many people are affected, and where? Whether the story is happening locally, nationally, or internationally, is also considered.

There are always exceptions to determining news line-ups. But generally, a strong local story will beat a strong national story, and a strong national story will beat a strong international story. For example, the election of a president in the United States , or a prime minister in AUS , would usually take precedence over an earthquake overseas in Chile measuring 5.4 on the Richter scale. Although important to Chile , the earthquake is of little consequence in

AUS . Depending though, on the scale of the earthquake, the international story might be placed second in the line-up.

An armed bank hold-up in Sydney, where gunmen rob an armored car and make off with several million dollars in cash, would beat an outbreak of Cholera in the Sudan . Similarly, the death for example of a famous AUSn sports person, politician, academic, doctor, or author, would take priority over most overseas stories.
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