What Makes News?

News is information about events that has happened, is happening or might happen in the future. It is usually reported by journalists in a variety of media. News can be broadcast over television, radio, newspapers and the internet.

It is important to remember that news stories should be accurate and objective. However, it is very difficult to write an entirely unbiased news story because every person and their views have some effect on the information that they choose to report. There are some techniques that can be used to help avoid being biased, such as researching the topic thoroughly, writing a draft and then revising it many times before it is published.

The content of a news article is determined by what is newsworthy and what the audience wants to know about. This is a complex process that involves both market research and the personal judgement of each journalist.

Typically, news is about people, but it can also be about non-human things that are happening. People are interested in what is going on around them, so news stories should be written to tell about this in an interesting way. This is why it is important to write a good lead, which will attract the reader’s attention and tell them what the article is about. It is also important to have a clear structure to the news article. This includes using the inverted pyramid format, which means that the most important information is at the top of the article. This helps to keep readers engaged and reading until the end of the article.

Another important factor to consider when deciding what makes news is that what is interesting and significant in one society may not be the same in another. This is because different societies have different ways of looking at the world and what is important to them.

The main job of news is to entertain, inspire and educate. This can be done in a variety of ways, such as music and drama programs on radio and TV and crosswords and puzzles in newspapers. Entertainment can also come from other sources, such as cinema and theatre or a well written comedy show.

In addition to entertaining, inspiring and educating, news should be impartial. While it is often the case that a news article will have some kind of bias, it should not be overt or obvious. For example, if an article is about a politician who has been accused of corruption it is likely to be more negative than if it were about a business that has just been bought by a big company.

The last thing to remember about news is that it is always changing. It is therefore important to update it as soon as possible. This is especially important when it comes to breaking news. It is very easy for an event to turn from a news item into a non-news item if it is not reported in time.