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Skip to 0 minutes and 10 seconds A good news story is one that has all the facts. We also add it has the faces and also has the voices. So a good news story has the facts, the faces, and the voices. I think it should be very informative, so that people can learn and obtain very useful information. And it should also be unbiased and objective, so that people regard the news to be credible. A good news story for me is one that has all the angles of it, or as much as the angles that are necessary to the story covered, and also has a human element, that is, have real people tell their stories. For me, that is what makes a good news story.

Skip to 0 minutes and 58 seconds The best stories are more complete, more comprehensive. They contain more verified information from more sources with more viewpoints and expertise. They exhibit actually more enterprise, more reportorial effort. So it’s like to me, the credibility, the courage, and the sustainability of the reporter is more important. That’s what I learned from my journalism experience about the three Cs, this courage, credibility, sustainability, and consistency.

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