What Is News?


News is current information about events that affect people and places, reported in an accurate manner. The goal is to inform and entertain readers by presenting current events, facts, opinions and analysis. News is available through traditional print and broadcast media, as well as newer sources such as online newspapers and specialty news websites.

Generally, only information with a significant impact qualifies as news. This includes, but is not limited to, information about a disaster or catastrophe such as an earthquake, hurricane, fire or terrorist attack; significant political or social change such as the death of a celebrity or the results of an election; or unusual or amazing events such as a meteor strike or finding a lost treasure.

The events that make it into a newspaper, onto the television news line-up or posted on a news website are the choice of individuals within a particular news organization. These individuals, depending on the medium, are called editors, news directors or even news managers. They sift through recommendations from reporters, assistant editors and others to determine what will be published or aired.

While it is difficult to create a completely unbiased news article, a balanced report with enough detail will engage your audience. Including quotes from a source can also add credibility and authority to the story. Adding an element of conflict can also be engaging, as people are interested in disagreements, arguments and rivalries. Finally, if your news article can elicit emotions, such as anger or fear, it will be more likely to capture attention and be shared on social media.

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