What Is News?

News is information about current events that can be provided by many different media: newspapers, magazines, radio, television, the Internet and even through word of mouth. It may include war, government, politics, education, health, the environment, business, fashion, entertainment and sport as well as more unusual or quirky events.


When an event happens quickly and there are people that have to be informed, it is more likely to make the news than something that happens gradually and no one has to be told about it. For example, if a man wakes up in the morning and takes the bus to work, that is not very newsworthy compared to something like a farmer who dies of heart failure because his farm wall collapsed, killing his cows and pigs.


Much of the news we read, watch and listen to is dramatic in nature. It is usually about someone who wants something very badly and goes to great lengths to obtain it, or a situation that has been placed in front of a person that makes it difficult for them to get what they want.


The consequences of an event are very important to most people. They help us decide what we are going to do in response to it. They are also very helpful when trying to understand why things happen the way they do.

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