News is a form of information that can either be entertaining or disturbing. It often involves political or social events, as well as sports and weather reports. News can be found in both print and broadcast media, including newspapers, radio, television, and the internet.
Creating an interesting news article requires extensive research to determine the most important facts for your story. This includes not only gathering primary sources but also reprinting other people’s work to add depth to your own writing. It’s helpful to think of your target demographic and narrow down the information you need for that group. For example, if you write for a local newspaper about Kansas City, the primary audience will be residents of that area, but you can also narrow it down to parents with school-age children or businesses involved in zoning issues in that community.
When deciding what makes newsworthy, consider the following: new, unusual, interesting, significant, and about people. An event may be new, but it must also be interesting and significant to warrant reporting. For example, an insect’s discovery of living on a plant it has never previously eaten might be exciting for a scientific journal, but it would not merit much coverage in a general newspaper or newscast.
Write your article with the inverted pyramid structure in mind, placing the most important information at the top of the piece. This ensures that anyone reading the news will be able to understand the most important facts of your story. If you’re writing for a newspaper, this means putting the key points above the fold (the crease that is left from folding a paper). When writing online, this translates to ensuring that the most important information appears first before the reader must scroll down to see more.