- Conflict - this may involve physical or mental conflict: man versus man, man versus animals, man versus nature and man versus himself.
- Timeliness - it emphasizes the newest angle of the story. The more recent the event, the more interesting it is to the reader.
- Nearness - this refers to geographical nearness as well as to nearness of kinship or of interest.
- Prominence - some people are more prominence than others by reasons of wealth, social position or achievements. Prominence may also refer to places or things.
- Significance - whatever is significant to the life of an individual is interesting to him. The reason why newspapers sell like hot banana pancakes when news of the increase in the price of oil and other basic commodities or of the presence of disagreement or quarrel between two countries.
- Names - many believe that important names make important news - like the assassination of former Pope John Paul, former President Kennedy and other important names.
- Drama - the more dramatic the actions are, the more appealing the story is to the reader. Or anything that moves a reader to tears or to laughter is good news.
- Unusualness - this refers to strange or unnatural events, objects, persons and places. An odd story is interesting not because of its news value but because of the human-interest side of it.
- Romance and Adventure - the romance of Prince Charles and Princess Diana had embraced headlines for many years. But romance may be experienced also with nature. The romances of people with the sea, forest, mountain and with space.
- Sex - it has always interested man, since the early dawn of history. Stories of sex are usually with stories of romance, marriage, divorce and the different activities of men with women.
- Progress - the progress of a country is recorded step by step in the newspaper or reports on the significant changes toward development of communication and other scientific achievements.
- Animals - about stories of animals, especially those with talents are good news because of their human-interest value.
- Number - Sweepstakes and lotteries numbers, vital statistics, election results, scores in games, casualties, fatalities, prices of basic commodities, and ages of men and women make good news too.
- Emotion - the various human responses such as the desire for food, clothing, shelter, education; animals and nature; the universal interest in children; the natural feeling of love; sympathy and generosity and of fear, hatred and jealous.
But of all the elements mentioned above that make good and interesting news, it is the news reporter the most important element in delivering the news. His main job is to go out where the news is occurring, gather the facts of the event and write them up quickly and concisely.
Sources of facts and other info: My old notes and clippings when I took up Creative Writing course by mail 1998-1999 with the Writers Bureau, Manchester, London and Journalism and Short Story Writing with the ICS (International Correspondence School) Pennsylvania, USA also by mail 2000-2001.