I sat down in my Podcast and Publication class with little concept of what the class would offer. I knew I liked podcasts and publications so there I was. McLaughlin tells us what the class is all about; we run the school magazine and create 3 or more stories per year. Simple enough right?
We began to brainstorm ideas and I found one that landed, music. I considered writing an article about the parts of music that help students and how the institution of the internet influenced the music listening experience. I quickly ran into an issue though, how do I write an article that is actually interesting?
I realized that the students of RPA are not buzzing about the latest Speck article. Why is that? How do I change that? In a frenetic word dump, I came up with 4 distinct styles of news.
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The last category entails articles that are genuinely interesting to the reader base, which I hope I have attained through this article. Considering what makes news appealing to an audience gives valuable insight into how to write articles and will help consumers understand why they like certain news styles. Whether it be clickbait, controversy, or comedy, it is important to distinguish between different styles of news media. Each of these distinct styles appeal to our deepest emotions; happiness, fear, or satisfaction. Controversy gives us a sense of adventure and excitement in our sometimes dull lives. Clickbait provides endless and easy to consume entertainment. Comedy makes us laugh and can make light of issues that are taken too seriously. Finally, genuinely interesting articles can provide readers countless different things. Every one of these articles holds a special piece that benefits the reader. As I continue to write this year, I want to find that special piece that resonates with the school.