What Makes News?


News is information about current events that are of interest to people. It should be brief so that people can read it, clear so they can understand it, picturesque so they will appreciate it, and above all accurate so that they can be guided by it. It should be sourced so that the reader can see where the information came from, and the writer should credit it wherever possible.

What makes news may vary from society to society. For example, the relative importance of cows and pigs will mean that an incident involving them is not likely to be newsworthy in one country but will be in another. But the basic criteria are the same: it must be new, unusual, interesting, significant and about people.

A story about a person is usually newsworthy, particularly if they are prominent or famous. People are interested in what they do, how they look and what they think. If they are involved in a scandal or in an accident, it is often newsworthy, and the same is true of their death. People are also interested in things affecting their health. This includes stories about traditional remedies, medical research, hospitals and clinics, drugs, diet, exercise and sex.

When writing a News article, begin with a snappy headline that will draw in the reader and answer any important questions they might have. Then follow the inverted pyramid format-putting the most critical information at the top of the article and then adding further details below it. Finally, have someone else read it to check for spelling and grammar mistakes.