Stories are what makes up the content in your newspaper. Every hour there is a chance for new stories to appear on the map. Clicking on a story will open a prompt, asking if you want to assign it to the currently selected reporter. If the active reporter already has a story assigned, that story will be discarded if replaced.
All stories have a set of stats which are combined with those of the reporter writing it. The result is an importance score, which influences many things including the number of new subscribers attracted per issue, and the overall game score. Some stories have celebrities attached to them, which can affect the Importance and other factors.
The final score/importance of a story is not determined until the paper goes to print. At that time, things like placement on the front page, reporter happiness and upgrades will have further modified its base score.
- Scope = This value symbolizes the impact this story might have. Shown as stars on the story info card.
- Wordcount = This is a pseudo-random number, multiplied by the scope of the story.
- Genre = Each story falls into one of several types of content. Reporters like 1-3 genres, and may also dislike 0-2 genres.
- Politics = This (hidden) value will pull the bias of the story either left or right. Partly random, partly determined by the story genre.
- Flags = Some stories have red or green flags, along with a keyword. These stories are more likely to impact your newspaper credibility.
- Base Importance = Based on the scope and wordcount, this value is combined with other variables when calculating the final score.