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Can any one explain the 'Big C" categories of journalism?

Asked by kaywizard (280 points ) September 25th, 2011

I recently started my journalism major at school and our lecture told us about the “Big C” categories: Content- what the story is actually about. Contenders- identifying which stories may have been the most important. Context- the big picture.Comparison- compare to other stories in other news papers. However I don’t understand Completeness and Continuation. Can anyone help me?

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Buttonstc's avatar

In previous times it was Who, What, Where, When, and Why.

Basically another way of expressing similar.

jaytkay's avatar

Hmmm, similar to @Buttonstc, I learned the essentials as:
Who What Where When How?

Notice there is no comparison and no opinion.

lillycoyote's avatar

I’ve never heard of the “Big Cs” of journalism. Is it possibly something specific to that particular professor? HIs or her own way of expressing things? I would imagine completeness may refer to making sure you have all the facts and tell the whole story but I have no clue what “continuation” in this context might mean.

kaywizard's avatar

@Buttonstc and @jaytkay I learned the essential who, what, where, when, why, and how? as well i’m just a little lost on the C’s.

kaywizard's avatar

@lillycoyote okay maybe it’s his own little personal thing. That could be why I can’t find it on the net and I’m pretty good at finding info. I need.

Buttonstc's avatar

Personally, I think that the five Ws certainly make things a whole lot less murky than his Cs. They are the epitome of clarity.

Perhaps you might ask this professor to explain his Cs in light of the traditional Ws. That might clear things up.

Sometimes it’s really unnecessary to “reinvent the wheel”.

My guess is that one day in a flash of creativity he decided to be different (to stand out from the crowd ?)

He merely succeeded in muddying the waters IMHO.

One of the primary essentials for good Journalism, after all, is CLARITY. that seems to be the “C” that he forgot about :)

lillycoyote's avatar

@kaywizard Yea, so am I, generally, good at finding information, and I looked all over for something about this and couldn’t find anything. That’s what made me think it might be something peculiar to that professor. I can’t be certain though, it could be something new or something promoted by a particular journalism theorist or something.

kaywizard's avatar

@Buttonstc I do intend to ask him to clarify its just that i have work to turn in tomorrow and when i asked the people in my group they just confused me even more. I did not know how confused I was until I asked someone else. So far I’ve been writing without using the C’s but i was told by my group that I has to for this assignment.

Buttonstc's avatar

I don’t find that too surprising since the Prof. is being unclear. Why would they have a better understanding of his meaning than anyone else.

“The blind leading the blind…” and all that.

kaywizard's avatar

@Buttonstc a few of them did the class before but i guess they failed to learn any thing the first time. When he told us about the C’s I figured it was just a guide.

jsc3791's avatar

I have my Bachelors degree in Journalism and have never heard of these categories. Seems curious. Maybe it is something he made up to use as a tool in his classes.

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