Identifying News Values And Lead Formats

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This quiz will test how well you understand how to spot the element of information that will have most appeal or significance to your reader - dubbed it's News Value. Most stories have several news values but budding journalists need to spot the most DOMINANT one. Good luck!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    State the DOMINANT News Value for the following story:No fewer than 44 Jamaicans have been killed in the clashes between security forces and gunmen in west Kingston, according to Public Defender Earl Witter.
    • A. 

      Man-made Disaster

    • B. 

      Consequence

    • C. 

      Conflict

    • D. 

      Novelty

    • E. 

      None of the above

  • 2. 
    State the DUAL DOMINANT news values for the following:Greek telecom engineers cut off the telephone line to the prime minister's house while attempting to disconnect a customer who was behind in payments, the telephone company said on Wednesday.
    • A. 

      Conflict and Prominence

    • B. 

      Disaster and Prominence

    • C. 

      Disaster and Consequence

    • D. 

      Prominence and Novelty/Oddity

    • E. 

      Prominence and Consequence

  • 3. 
    Select the correct pairing of  News Values that are NOT present in this news story:Lim Guan Siew once had bound feet that were considered the height of feminine beauty in China, but the 93-year-old who now lives in Malaysia says it is a fate she wishes she had avoided.
    • A. 

      Prominence and Oddity/Novelty

    • B. 

      Oddity/Novelty and Conflict

    • C. 

      Human Interest and Oddity/Novelty

    • D. 

      Conflict and Disaster

    • E. 

      Consequence and Human Interest

  • 4. 
    State the FORMAT of news for the following lead:Colourful retired Senior Superintendent of Police Reneto Adams has called for the security forces to expand their operations to 80 other communities in Jamaica, which, he says, are besieged by criminal gangs
    • A. 

      Striking statement

    • B. 

      Summary

    • C. 

      Subject-Verb-Object

  • 5. 
    State the Format of this lead:Prime Minister Bruce Golding has expressed outrage at overseas media reports which have labelled him "a known criminal affiliate of hunted drug lord" Christopher 'Dudus' Coke.
    • A. 

      Striking Statement

    • B. 

      Summary

    • C. 

      S-V-0

  • 6. 
    State the format of this lead:Approximately 99 percent of  500 pill users admit to abusing painkillers, a survey revealed.
    • A. 

      Striking statement

    • B. 

      Summary

    • C. 

      S-V-0

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