|... is it news or information?
||While amateur magazines don't mind information, newspapers,
weekly magazines, radio and television tend to want news.
The following are the criteria used by
Public Outreach at Space Telescope Science Institute to determine whether
the general public would deem something newsworthy.
- Represent a major discovery of a new phenomenon or class of
- Decisively settle an area of controversy in astronomy.
- Present a new mystery or unexpected new complexity to some
known phenomenon (e.g., the rings around supernova 1987A).
- Represent a significant step forward in a specific research
area (e.g., a refined value for the Hubble constant).
- Represent an incremental yet important knowledge gain in a
given area (e.g., detection of a white dwarf sequence in globular
- Set a new astronomical record or benchmark, or possess an
element of novelty (e.g., the most distant galaxy or hottest star).
- Provide images that are visually striking and have aesthetic
appeal, even though there is no new science (e.g., the interior
of the Orion nebula).
- Deal with unpredicted, transient events (e.g., nearby comets,
a nova, or changing weather on a planet).
- Provide new insight into one of the following popular astronomical
topics: cosmology, extrasolar planets, black holes, dark matter,
solar system objects, distant galaxies, Earth's evolution, fate
of the Sun, or the possibility of extraterrestrial life.