What is News?

News is a term used to describe events which are important and/or interesting enough to be broadcast or published. News stories usually report on a variety of topics including politics, business, sports and world events. Some of these stories may be serious while others may be more lighthearted. A well written news story will include information that is both factual and accurate. The goal of writing a news article is to inform the reader and encourage him or her to take action or react. A good news article will also contain an element of conflict, as this is what will grab the attention of the reader.

Many things can be classified as news, but they must be new and unusual in order to be considered newsworthy. For example, if an insect has just been discovered living on a plant which it did not previously inhabit, this would be interesting to scientists but it is unlikely to interest the general public and so it will probably only feature in a specialist publication. However, if this same insect has been found living on a plant which is important to mankind (for example it is a food source), then this will be very interesting and likely to make the headlines of various newspapers and broadcasters.

Some people have a very strong interest in the news and read or watch it regularly. This is often because they want to be informed about what is happening in their local area, or worldwide. It is also sometimes because they have a passion for particular political issues or even specific individuals or groups of people.

Generally speaking, the news media is meant to be objective and impartial but it is important to be aware of how this can be difficult to achieve. Many journalists and newspaper editors have both conscious and unconscious biases which affect the way they write and present the news. These influences are not necessarily a bad thing, but it is important to be aware of them when reading the news.

How do you find out about the news?

Most people get their news from television, radio and print. The Internet has also become an important news source in recent times. There are a number of popular websites which provide current news, for example CNN, the BBC, Google News and Fox News. In addition to these, some major television and radio stations have news departments which specialise in reporting on breaking events. There are also a number of news blogs which are updated frequently and cover a wide range of topics, such as politics, business, the environment, entertainment and sport.