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The story is relevant to human interest because the reader is able to feel the situation in which people in Afghanistan were going through. Readers would sympathize with the families of people who have lost their lives and properties as a result of the earthquake (Boone, 2015).The relevancy of the story is emphasized by the fact that it could make other people see the problems faced by their fellow human beings in other parts of the world. The writer was able to take the reader from the fact-based story and take give them something emotional but light to read.
The writer has used evidence that qualifies the story to be of human interest. The first one is the writer’s decision to focus on people who have undergone an experience worth telling. The writer also succeeds in identifying the element of sympathy that the reader is supposed to adopt as they read the story. The choice of words that the writer uses such as “isolated valleys,” “prolonged tremors,” “80,000 people killed” and ‘displaced millions” (Boone, 2015).These words make the readers sympathize with the victims of the earthquake. The inclusion of photos and video are some of the solid evidence that helps the writer to tell the story from a perspective that qualifies as the human interest.
The writer of the news article is Jon Boone. A search of that name on the publisher’s website shows that Boone has more than 1,000 articles to his name. Boone is described as a regional specialist. He has worked majorly as a freelancer who covered the Pakistan region for news publishers such as the Guardian, the economist and the financial times. These are well-established news publishers that are respected globally because of their constant delivery of high-quality news materials. This shows that Boone is highly skilled in news reporting and article writing. His LinkedIn profile states that from 2015 to present, Boone has been The Guardian’s correspondence in Pakistan (“Jon Boone”).This means that Boone is assigned by the Guardian to cover stories in that part of the world.
The publisher of the story is The Guardian, a respected news agency that has been in existence since 1821.The British news agency has been awarded newspaper of the years on several occasions. The newspaper has a long established history in the United Kingdom (“The Guardian,” 2002).The quality of investigative journalism from the Guardian has received recognition from all over the world. The publisher’s interest is to find relevant news and stories and disperse them to the world. Its online presence has enabled it to have a global reach earning it respect all around the world.
The story was published at the right time. Timeliness of news depends on how much the readers would have wanted to read the story told in the news. Boone wrote the article the time when the world needed to know what was happening in Pakistan after the earthquake. The story was comprehensive and tried to cover all the aspects of the occurrence that the readers would have loved to know at the time. This makes the timeliness value of the story to be higher. The publishers were also timely in ensuring that the story was published in time to reach the readers while the story of Pakistan earthquake was still hot.
- Boone, J. (2015). Afghanistan earthquake: Pakistan army leads rescued as death toll rises. The Guardian. Retrieved from https://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/oct/27/pakistan-army-leads-rescue-death-toll-afghanistan-earthquake-rises
- Jon Boone. LinkedIn. Available on https://www.linkedin.com/in/jon-boone-b0470ba/
- The Guardian. (2002)History of the Guardian: A brief history of the Guardian newspaper. Retrieved from https://www.theguardian.com/gnm-archive/2002/jun/06/1