News judgment varies from person to person. This semester I have really come to understand my own news judgment and how it affects my decision making process as a producer. When I am deciding what stories will be in the newscast I choose a variety. I want to make sure I not only cover USC and local stories but also national and international. I think it is important for every newscast to have a balance of different types of stories.
First, I determine what the lead story will be and then I work my way down the newscast. I think I weigh every story based upon what elements we have and how relevant it will be to our viewers. I try to incorporate stories relating to USC because that is what our viewers are most interested in hearing about since most are USC students.
A story is more interesting if it has multiple elements. If there is sound and video for a story then it is something I would want to incorporate in the newscast. Although this is my thought process when putting together a newscast, no two news days are the same. Stories will vary as will the way I put the newscast together.