Hard News Vs. Soft News

Taken from Media Awareness Network:

Hard News Vs. Soft News

News stories are basically divided into two types: hard news and soft news. Hard new generally refers to up-to-the-minute news and events that are reported immediately, while soft news is background information or human-interest stories.

Politics, war, economics and crime used to be considered hard news, while arts, entertainment and lifestyles were considered soft news.

But increasingly, the lines are beginning to blur. Is a story about the private life of a politician “politics” or “entertainment”? Is an article about the importance of investing early for retirement a “business” story or a “lifestyle” story? Judging solely on subject matter, it can be difficult to tell.

One difference between hard and soft news is the tone of presentation. A hard news story takes a factual approach: What happened? Who was involved? Where and when did it happen? Why?

A soft news story tries instead to entertain or advise the reader. You may have come across newspaper or TV stories that promise “news you can use.” Examples might be tips on how to stretch properly before exercising, or what to look for when buying a new computer.

Knowing the difference between hard and soft news helps you develop a sense of how news is covered, and what sorts of stories different news media tend to publish or broadcast. This can be important when you want to write articles or influence the media yourself.

© 2008 Media Awareness Network


6 thoughts on “Hard News Vs. Soft News

  1. When watching this I must agree with Cindy Sheehan’s supporter, a former talk show host, Phil Donahue. He believes that there shouldnt be troops in Iraq at this time as do I. He says that war is not fair to the American Troops and he also believes that its unconsitutional. Our troops have been there for way to long and they should be sent home. I believe that Oreilly is wrong because so many troops have been killed and he wants to send more there? I dont approve…

  2. I dont think any more troops should be sent….oreilly is too much…way too many people have given their lives for a war that we dont even know why we are fighting anymore

  3. this was quite relevent information for me as a am communication student …. thank you very much

  4. I find this very useful. I am actually in the middle of writing my assign on the differences between hard news and soft news. Thanks!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s