What Is News?


News is information about events that affect the lives of people, obtained quickly and accurately. It is delivered to the public through newspaper articles, television and radio.

A news article must contain the “who, what, where, when and why” of an event, and be written in a way that is concise and easy to read. It should also be interesting, as well as factual and unbiased. It should be able to spark an emotional response in the reader and make them want to share the news.

What is considered newsworthy varies from society to society. Events that occur in a person’s daily life are not usually newsworthy, unless they are unusual or unexpected. For example, a man taking the bus to work is not interesting, but if he was 90 years old and still catching the bus every day, that would be an amazing story!

The decision of what makes it into the newspaper, on a TV news line-up, or posted on a website is up to the editors of those mediums. They are often called editors, news directors or even gatekeepers. They sift through recommendations from reporters, assistant editors and others within their organization to decide what the news will be.

It is important to have someone else proofread your article before submitting it for publication. It can be difficult to spot spelling and grammatical errors that you have made on your own. Also, having an extra set of eyes on your story can help to trim down sections and simplify awkward sentences.

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