The world of journalism has been under scrutiny since the US presidential election in 2016, but that hasn’t stopped major journalistic moments from reaching the headlines in 2019. This year has seen monumental advancements in scientific exploration and tragic catastrophes that have affected the world. These news events have provided writers some of the best of content in 2019.
Let’s take a look at some of the world’s most newsworthy events and how content creators can make use of them.
Jan. 3: China Lands on the Far Side of the Moon
With the moon in geocentric orbit with the Earth, us earthbound citizens have never seen the dark side of the moon unassisted. In a world’s first, China safely landed their Chang’e-4 probe at the Von Kármán crater. The probe will hopefully be able to answer some mysteries about our solar system and maybe even our planet.
The possibilities that can come from this event can be fuel for any content creators.
Jan. 28: Trade War Tensions Rise Between US and China with Huawei in the Middle
The US has filed 23 charges which include technology theft, obstruction, and fraud against Chinese company Huawei and its CFO Ms. Meng Wanzhou. China retorted with denials of any truth to these allegations.
March 5: Stem Cells Move Us Forward in the Pursuit to Cure HIV
An HIV Londoner becomes the second case study to have their HIV become ‘undetectable’ due to stem cell transplant. The patient had been weaned off their meds and declared to be in remission for the past 18 months. While it’s too soon to declare him cured, it is a step in the right direction.
This news truly proved to be the best of content in 2019 for many that have been affected by the disease.
March 15: New Zealand’s Christchurch Massacre
Australian citizen Brenton Harrison Tarrant went on a rampage at Christchurch’s Al Noor Mosque and Linwood Islamic Centre, killing as many as 50 people and injuring a further 50 in the assault. The tragedy was deemed “one of New Zealand’s darkest days” by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. The event led to a nationwide ban on semi-automatic rifles.
April 10: The First-ever Image of a Black Hole Produced
A black hole that is located over 500 million trillion km from our solar system in the Messier 87 galaxy had its picture taken. This hallmark moment was accomplished by a team of scientists and the Event Horizon Telescope.
If content creators were looking for valuable material, the internet did not disappoint. Despite this monumental achievement, the images whose source is literally galaxies away were deemed “blurry” by the online community.
April 15: Notre-Dame Cathedral Catches on Fire
The iconic landmark that has graced Paris’s skyline, the Notre-Dame, caught fire. The 850-year-old cathedral had a large portion of its roof burnt to sunder after a mishap during a renovation.
While it was a national tragedy, the cathedral soon received donations in the millions after celebrities rushed to its aid with pocketbooks in hand.
Sometimes the comment section on the internet can show you how to make content. Because, despite the altruistic gestures of millionaires donating financial aid to reconstruction of the gothic landmark, they were just as quickly criticized for not using that money on the populace instead of a building.
June 7: Theresa May Resigns as UK Prime Minister
After a vote to leave the EU by the UK populace, Prime Minister Theresa May found negotiating a Brexit deal unsurmountable. After serving as PM for three years, the leader of the ruling Conservative Party formally resigned.
May held the position until July 24, when Boris Johnson took over the duties as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
June 9: Hong Kong Streets Fill with Over a Million Protesters
After the UK gave Hong Kong back to China, the coastal city held partial autonomy from mainland China. China felt that this gave criminals a loophole that could be exploited, so they forced a new bill that demanded the extradition of anyone accused of a crime within Hong Kong’s borders.
This lead to over 1 million protesters taking to the streets, a protest that has continued throughout the year, and will not abide until the complete withdrawal of the bill.
Aug 21: Amazon Rainforest Wildfires
In an event that took the world by storm, the Amazon rainforest in Brazil started burning at record rates. This lead to smoke that pervaded the air, reaching even São Paulo, which lay over 1,700 miles away from the source.
If writers are looking for good sources on how to create content, then look towards Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro. The president and his administration accused the media and the world of blowing the event out of proportion and just outright lying. After much political back and forth, Bolsonaro finally sent in the army to manage the fires.
This has been an eventful year with a lot of rich content examples. It is always a good idea to go back and visit the events of the year passed and find some trends and patterns. From looking at the journalistic content in 2019 we can see that for the most part drama continues to lead the charts.
For more retrospective content on 2019’s best moments, check our Iris Content blog.