In journalism, a term for newsworthy stories or breaking news would be "scoop". Scoops are important and usually come from unexpected means, such as surprise events or natural disasters. Anything that is breakthrough or can change historical perspective falls under the term of scoop. A great example of scoops would be government scandals, as they are secretive in nature and newsworthy.
In a verb sense, one journalist may be able to get the scoop before another, meaning they are able to obtain critical stories before the other. Journalists who are able to retrieve the scoop in such a competitive world prove to have the work ethic and hardworking ability needed for many large publications. News organizations look for journalists like this on a regular basis.
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