What is News?


News is information about a current event or situation that is of interest to the general public. It can be anything from a weather event or a war to a celebrity scandal. News articles should be impartial and provide a range of opinions on a subject rather than one person’s view. They should also include factual details and be well researched.

A large amount of the news is generated by the media. It includes both print and broadcast outlets such as newspapers, magazines, television and radio. Many of these outlets have websites which allow people to follow breaking news stories as they unfold.

The most important factor in determining whether something is newsworthy is its impact on the lives of the public. An insect infestation, for example, is not generally newsworthy but if it affects the crops that people eat then it becomes of concern. This is why some societies are more interested in a particular kind of news than others; they are more concerned about the effect that events may have on their daily lives.

Other elements which make a story newsworthy are its timing, the significance of the event and how it will be perceived. For example, a story about a murder is much more likely to be reported than a car crash. People are also interested in the lives of famous people, and the fortunes made or lost by them. They are also interested in money matters such as wages, taxes, the Budget and food prices.

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