Saturday, May 25, 2013

Why the article is newsworthy

I think this article about an Korean-American who was imprisoned in North Korea is newsworthy because it has immediacy, prominence, suspense, conflict, and impact.

It has immediacy because this article is fairly recent. Since it was published on May 15, 2013, it lets readers know what is at risk right now and the increased amount of tension between the United States and North Korea.

This article has prominence because it is a well-known issue going on right now. Everyone knows about the stress between the American government and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea). Plus, the president of North Korea, Kim Jong Un, is a well-known politician for his "unique" way of governing.

Moreover, it has suspense because the article doesn't tell what happened after. It is unknown to readers exactly what happened to Kenneth Bae. The situation is unresolved and leaves people who read the article hanging off a cliff.

To add on, this article contains conflict because this article is biased towards Kenneth Bae and his family. It seems to go against North Korea's side. Therefore, it creates conflict because since this is a political issue, the newspaper company was forced to take a side, but it could create conflicts between those who support president Kim Jong Un's decision to imprison Kenneth Bae and those who are against his choice.

Last, this news article has impact because the situation affects a large amount of people. It alerts readers that it could have been, and could be anyone that North Korea puts into prison. It astounds people to hear that such a kind, gentle man was imprisoned in a miserable, isolated labor camp.

All in all, I feel that this article is newsworthy. 

Kenneth Bae, the 44-year-old North-Korean tour operator who was put into a "special prison" and sentenced to 15 years of hard labor in North Korea by president Kim Jong Un for unknown reasons.