What Is News?


News is information about a current event, either locally or internationally. It is usually reported by newspapers and broadcast media, although a variety of new and specialized outlets have recently emerged to complement traditional sources.

Historically, news was delivered orally, transmitted by messengers and later through written texts like books and letters, but modern communication technologies have greatly increased the speed and extent of dissemination of new information.

A news article should have a snappy headline that is informative and attracts attention. The article should also include a byline that credits the writer. Depending on the type of publication and readership, an article may contain an inverted pyramid structure (i.e., breaking news at the top, more detailed background stories in the middle and editorials at the bottom).

In general, what makes a good story is new, unusual, interesting or significant and about people. However, what is considered newsworthy in one society can be quite different in another. For example, an insect destroying crops might be newsworthy in India but not in Japan.

The source of the story also influences its relevance as does its timing. Generally, newsworthy events are those that affect large numbers of people or have the potential to cause widespread disruption or harm. The impact, proximity or involvement of well-known figures and controversy are other factors that contribute to the newsworthiness of an event. Lastly, the issue must be relevant to your audience. If it is not, it will not hold your audience’s interest and should be reported as non-news.

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