What Is News?

News is information about current events that a journalist has obtained. It is delivered to the public through various media – word of mouth, printing, postal systems, broadcasting and electronic communication.

Some of the most common subjects of news reports are war, politics, government, crime, business, education, health, the environment and culture. In order for a story to be considered newsworthy, it must be new, interesting, significant and involving people. It must also be sourced from a reliable source.

In addition to informing the public, the other key function of news is serving as a watchdog by uncovering corruption and wrongdoing and holding those in power accountable. In order to be successful in this role, it is important that a journalist remain neutral and avoid expressing opinions or biases.

Finally, news can serve to provide entertainment and leisure by providing a break from serious news through features, lifestyle segments and cultural coverage. This is especially useful in the case of celebrity or sports news.

A good rule of thumb when choosing a piece of news to share on social media is that it should make the reader say, “Gee Whiz!” This will catch the attention of the audience and ensure that the post gets shared. However, it is important to remember that sharing a piece of news just because it is controversial or inflammatory can be harmful to your brand’s image. It is important to carefully consider your audiences’ interests and preferences before sharing a piece of news.