What Is News?

News is information about current events that has been obtained through various media, such as word of mouth, newspapers, radio, television, or the internet. The main function of News is to inform the public about current events that are of interest or significance.

What is considered News may vary from society to society. For example, a man catching a bus to work is not newsworthy in one sense, but it might be newsworthy in another if he happens to be the first person in the world to catch the bus since it was invented. In general, it is considered newsworthy if the event is unusual or surprising and if it has a strong impact, incorporates violence and scandal, is familiar and local, or is timely.

Whether you’re writing for a newspaper, online, or broadcast, there are certain things that you need to keep in mind when crafting your story. Firstly, be sure to keep your article up to date. It’s no use talking about something that happened a week ago; the community has already moved on and is talking about other things.

Secondly, remember that News is meant to be interesting and exciting. If you write a boring article that doesn’t contain any action or drama, readers will probably switch off and go find something else to do with their time. Write a snappy headline to grab readers’ attention and keep them engaged. Then break your news into chunks, or “buckets”, based on their importance, and ensure that the most important information is positioned above the fold – i.e. at the top of the page before they have to scroll down.