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the effects, along with nearby companies that make auto parts or the materials that go into auto parts. The national story can lead to interesting local news. Consider a network news story about a group of people getting sick from tainted fruit at a national convention banquet. Local reporters might investigate the fruit that is available in local grocery stores. Where does it come from? Who decides where to buy it? What safety procedures are in place to prevent a local situation similar to the national story? National statistics may indicate that tourism is down. The national story may provide some explanations about why fewer people are traveling, but the story may or may not hold true locally. If the national picture applies locally, a reporter might discover that a local tourist attraction is losing money for the first time in several years. Perhaps fewer college students are finding jobs at hotels and restaurants. If the trend continues, the city or county may lose hotel and restaurant tax revenue, which could cause budgeting problems. Localizing a national story can provide important information for the audience. Because information that connects to the lives of the audience and has an impact in some way is high in news value, stories that occur nearby rather than far away tend to be the most important. Reporters can learn to examine national stories or regional stories and look for the local connection as a way to develop important news reports. Human Interest and Emotional Impact Much of the reality of our daily lives exists in our thoughts and feelings. Many of us carry out similar actions and routines each day, but our individual reactions to people and events can be very similar to—or very different from—those of others. As we go through life, we discover and define ourselves in part by this comparison to others. Stories about other people are interesting and important to us. For this reason, stories that stir emotions become news, but in a different way from the stories that lead the newscast. Stories that focus on emotional elements and do not generally affect people's lives in other ways are known as human interest stories. A reporter did a story years ago about a dog that died. The story is memorable today because it invoked strong human interest. It was a chronicle of a daily routine that ended with death but began with a man's long-time working routine and the faithful companionship of a canine. For years, this dog was cared for by its owner, who left each day on a morning train and returned home each afternoon. The dog accompanied the man to the train station, left, and returned each evening to meet the train from which the owner emerged. One day, the pet owner died from a heart attack and did not get off the train at the regular time. From that day on, the dog returned to the train station each afternoon at the same time and waited until the regular train arrived. After all the passengers were unloaded and the train departed, the dog sadly went away. The process continued for years. People in the town had taken over the care and feeding of
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