What Is News?


News is an information source that gives the latest news on a particular topic or event. It can be found in newspapers, magazines, radio and television broadcasts, websites, blogs and other media.

The Gutenberg printing press launched a communications revolution that altered power relationships around the world, but it also largely left the power to publish in the hands of corporations, interest groups and governments. As a result, a healthy civil society depends on a well-informed population that can determine whether information is reliable and act on it appropriately.

In order to be effective, news must adhere to three core principles: objectivity, fairness and credibility. This ensures that all of the information being published is factual and uninfluenced by bias or personal opinion.

Often, this means that the subject of a story must be clearly outlined so that readers can understand it fully. Taking a story like a fire at a residential home, for example, an in-depth news article would be able to tell the full story of how it happened, who was affected and what the aftermath was like for everyone involved.

Most American readers still turn to traditional media for their daily dose of news, even if they own more gadgets than ever before. In fact, 62 percent of Americans who use only one internet enabled device say they used the print version of a newspaper to get their news last week.

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