When I worked as a reporter there were two types of news: hard news and soft news.
The hard news reporters covered things that not only had immediate impact, but had numbers to back up the importance. These stories — crimes, disasters, accidents, fires, etc. — zoomed to the front page. The soft news reporters, who covered features and human interest beats, typically had their stories inserted into the inner reaches of the feature sections, or they waited patiently for the Sunday edition to get more exposure.
I won’t lie. Hard news reporters had a little more swagger in the newsroom.