News is a type of information that tells us about current events or affairs. Whether they are political, economic, social or technological, they affect people around the world and can be quite interesting to read about. These stories are often aired on television, radio or in newspapers. They can also be found online.
What makes something newsworthy can differ from one society to another. The same event can be of interest to some groups while being ignored by others. For example, a man waking up, eating breakfast and then catching the bus to work may seem quite unusual but is unlikely to be newsworthy. But if this same man happens to be 90 years old and is still catching the bus to work every day, then that would be worth reporting as it is unusual and worthy of attention.
It is important that any piece of News that is written be accurate and up to date. It should also be interesting to read and not too dry. People do not like reading boring and dull stories and will not return to the newspaper or listen to the radio if they are not interested in what is being reported. This is especially important for national newspapers that advertise to a much wider audience than local papers. They need to be able to relate to as many people as possible in order to make their advertising worthwhile.
Writing a news article requires extensive research to find out what has happened. This is a big part of what is a journalist’s job and why they are so well paid! Once the research is done, then the reporter needs to decide what facts are important and which to leave out. The writer will then write the story in a way that he or she feels is most relevant to the audience.
There are a number of definitions of news which have been formulated by journalists and other writers. One such definition states that news is anything which piques the interest of the reader and makes him or her say “Gee Whiz”. Another definition says that it is any information which has not already been published. It is important that new information is brought to the attention of the reader as quickly as possible and this is why the phrase “breaking news” is used on TV.
Another definition of news is that it should be unusual, interesting, significant and about people. This can be hard to judge because a lot of events which happen are neither unusual nor interesting and in fact are not newsworthy at all. It is only when the information is given to the reader in a way which makes it seem exciting, significant and about people that it becomes newsworthy.