The dog but the animals life became a constant vigil

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the dog, but the animal's life became a constant vigil for the return of a master who no longer lived. The end of the dog's life and the end of the routine became the basis for a news item. The story evokes powerful emotions: sorrow for the dog who did not understand why it was no longer cared for by its master, concern for creatures that depend on us for their care, fear of abandoning someone who needs us or fear of being abandoned. Psychologists could probably write books on why the story is so memorable, but the basic reason is the emotion the story evokes. Interestingly enough, many human interest stories relate to animals: the dog that miraculously finds its way home, the poodle mothering a baby squirrel, a pony that rides in a boat. We are also fascinated by the struggles and conquests of other human beings: the teenager's survival of a suicide jump from a high bridge, the 90-year-old woman who walked across the continent to promote campaign-finance reform, the maintenance worker who saved his meager earnings and gave away a million dollars. Reporters learn to recognize and develop stories that appeal to the audience and have news value because of an emotional element. Finding these stories presents a special challenge, because they often occur in people's private lives. The owner of the poodle that is mothering the squirrel may be so shocked that she will think to call a reporter, but in many cases reporters need to put forth special effort to find human interest stories. While covering more conventional news, reporters may ask people to tell them about the most phenomenal person they know or to think about the most unusual event they've seen. A reminder to news sources to call if they hear of something interesting may lead to these occasional, but very special, stories that tug at the heartstrings.
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