What Is News?


News presents current and interesting events to readers, listeners or viewers. It covers a wide range of subjects including war, politics, business, education, health and the environment. It can also cover entertainment and sporting events. News is usually written by journalists and can be presented in a variety of formats such as television, radio, newspaper or magazine.

The main purpose of news is to inform and educate its readers, listeners or viewers. However, it can also entertain in some cases by using humour or being more adventurous in its presentation. It is also a good way to raise awareness of issues that affect people in their daily lives.

In-depth news stories are much like straight reporting but take a smaller subject and research it heavily, often with interviews. They can give the reader more of a deeper insight into an event or topic and should be impartial without a news writer’s personal biases.

Famous people make news, especially when they do things that go against public opinion or get into trouble. Society is also interested in what the wealthy are doing with their money – fortunes made and lost, school fees, property prices, tax rises, food bills and compensation claims.

Crime is a big news item as it involves breaking the law and harming other people. Whether it is a road traffic accident, burglary or murder, it will interest a majority of the population. Also of great interest are robberies, bank raids and kidnappings as they usually involve large sums of money and often attract the attention of international news channels.