For writers, journalists and public relations professionals, having a story that is newsworthy is very important. The Christmas Story has been around for thousands of years, been shared across the world, translated
So what makes this story so special? Why is it 'newsworthy'?
- Drama and Emotion – An unwed mother, a mother claiming that the baby is God’s baby, an engagement, angel of the Lord came to shepherds in a field…and of course, a baby is born. There is also the part where Mary is carrying the baby that will save the world, King of the Jews: You can’t get more emotional and dramatic than that.
- Odd or Unusual – All of the above. Nothing is ordinary about this story – for us now and for the people of that time. The story was so newsworthy and exciting that the three
wise-menjourneyed for a year to find this king, taking him precious gifts to honorhim. The interesting thing about these wise-menis that they were not part of the spiritual community – the Jewish people – that were awaiting this prophesied King. The story of this baby was big, and they had to meet him. 
- Local Angle – Not local for many of us, but this is part of the excitement. However, the local angle is that for those who have their faith in this King to save their lives, it is very dear and close to their hearts.
- Topical, Timely
- Conflict - When King Herod heard that this baby was coming, he ordered a mass murder: Power, Greed and Fear. If this baby truly was the King of the Jews, King Herod believed that he would lose his throne.
- Relevant to Audience
- Universal Appeal
Is it fact or fiction?As a journalist /
- In the News: The Practice of Media Relations in Canada - 2nd Edition: William Wray Carney
- McMaster University: Public Relations Diploma - Media Relations : Instructor - Gary Williams (Fall 2012 Semester)
- Holy Bible – Luke 2
The Christmas Story - Mike Krause - Southridge.cc
 Baby Jesus is born : The story of the Wisemen - Mike Kraus, Southridge CC - St. Catharines, Ontario