Tuesday, November 17, 2009

School Daze: A "News Value" Puzzle

Remember, in school, you'd get little puzzles: Which of these do NOT belong?

Below I've listed the five "teaser" heds for news stories on the Yahoo mail home page at no particular point in the day yesterday..

You're challenge today is to name which srory doesn't belong with the rest, and why, (in 250 words or less).

Begin now!
1) NC searchers find body of missing 5-year-old girl (AP)

2) 12 Afghans killed in attack on meeting with French (AP)

3) AP Poll: Americans fret over health overhaul costs (AP)

4) New advice: Skip mammograms in 40s, start at 50 (AP)

5) Millions will have to repay part of tax credit (AP)
So which one is NOT LIKE all the others? Why?

Extra credit: Follow the links. Discuss why the order in which the stories were presented could be significant, and what its significance could be? Lose points for banal, pedestrian mention of "If it bleeds, it leads.")


swordfish1543 said...

my vote is #1: demonstrates our continuing fascination with lurid LOCAL stories that have no bearing on larger issues. (then again, nancy grace has made a career out of the lurid local story)

P M Prescott said...

I vote for #4, the others are reportage, this one is simply advice and placed in front of the really important story about taxpayers having to cough up more money which is last and follows a story about tits.

Woody (Tokin Librul/Rogue Scholar/ Helluvafella!) said...

My own thought was the first one, as Russ pointed out. Not only was it a local story, but it played on racial stereotypes.

But Pat's interpretation is plausible, too...

Thanks for playing,..,.