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Newsworthiness is Defined

In some countries and at some points in history, what news media and the public have considered “newsworthy” has met different definitions, such as the notion of news values.

Folk News

Sufficiently important news would be repeated quickly and often, and could spread by word of mouth over a large geographic area.

Greek Forum

Even as printing presses came into use in Europe, news for the general public often travelled orally via monks, travelers, town criers, etc.

Early News

Visible chains of long distance signaling, known as optical telegraphy, have also been used throughout history to convey limited types of information.

News Network

Thus, political, religious, and commercial interests have historically controlled, expanded, and monitored communications channels.

Newspaper

The spread of paper and the printing press from China to Europe preceded a major advance in the transmission of news and new channels.