What is News?


News is information about events that are likely to affect people or a community. It may include wars, government, politics, education, health, fashion, business, sport and the environment. It can also include more local issues such as road traffic accidents, robberies or deaths of people known to the community. The information in news is often based on reports from experts or ordinary people who have experienced the event or incident.

It is a good idea to consume news from several different sources, as each source will have its own biases and preconceptions about what is important or not. This can help to prevent the news being skewed or manipulated by extreme views. It is also a good idea to follow some sources that are positive or lighthearted, so that there is a balance to the hard hitting news stories that can appear regularly in today’s media.

The most interesting news items are those that involve some degree of drama, scandal or unexpected happenings. They can also be about significant figures, such as political leaders or celebrities. The ‘nut graph’ is an important part of any news story, giving details about who, what, when, where and why something has happened.

It is important to ensure that any news item you publish is factual and relates to current events. It will not do your newspaper any good to publish an article about something that happened a week ago – by then the community will have moved on and talking about other things.