Conversation Factors

According to news value theory, journalists select events for news production that contain so-called news factors (Galtung & Ruge, 1965).

proximity (geographical, cultural, or economic distance between an event and the country in which it is reported),

continuity (duration of news coverage),

prominence/influence (publicity and/or power of persons, groups, or institutions),

personalization (portrayal of single persons),

reach (number of persons affected),

unexpectedness (unpredictability),

damage (negative consequences), and

controversy (portrayal of disagreement)