What is News?


News is the information that relates to current events that are important to people. News is often a mixture of the serious and the trivial. It is reported by journalists who work for newspapers, magazines and radio. People also read online news stories.

The classic definition of news is that it should be new, unusual, interesting, significant and about people. This is a good starting point, but different societies will have their own views on what is important. It is possible, for example, for a story to be newsworthy in one society but not in another (if the cows and pigs are more important in the latter).

A good headline is essential, because it will determine whether readers choose to read the article or not. The headline should be clear and catchy, and should reflect the tone of the piece. The headline should be written first, then the other elements of the story can be arranged around it.

In a news article, the most important facts are listed first. Then follow the details of the event, in order of importance. Finally, the writer should include any quotes that add to the meaning of the article. These should be clearly attributed (using direct quotes or paraphrasing) to the person from whom they came.

A good newspaper or magazine will have a range of sources for its news, but it is best to find a source that is regarded as relatively unbiased. This may mean looking for a newspaper that is not associated with any particular political party, or using a news aggregator website which brings together many different reports from different sources in a single place.