Part one: reporters must consider their audience when deciding what to cover, but who should determine what’s important? Should the audience dictate to you what they think is important, or would you or the editor know more about what us important to the audience? Explain your position.
Part two: In covering most stories, which of the 5 W’s and H do you think are the easiest to obtain? Which are the most difficult? Why?
As a general guideline, the audience decides what’s important to them. A reporter might come up with an idea for a story, but the audience might dictate the angle that is taken.
The reporter may care about the basket-weaving club, but if no one else — or very few people — cares, then it would be more harmful to run it because it turns readers away from the publication.
The audience knows what’s important to them and they ultimately dictate what a publication writes because they control readership.
That’s the way it should be. Publications are supposed to be for more than just the reporters and editors — that’s why blogs exist.
When covering a story, the “what” is usually the easiest part to obtain because otherwise a reporter would not know what they were looking for a covering.
The “why” or the “how” are often the hardest elements to obtain because they aren’t as black and white, or clear-cut as the “who, what, when, where.” “Why and how” have more nuance and usually require more investigating to uncover.