News is the information that a newspaper or radio broadcaster shares with their audience. It can include stories on politics, war, health, education, the economy, business, fashion, entertainment and sport. News also reflects people’s feelings and opinions.
A piece of news can be old or new. The information it contains will depend on whether or not it is interesting and significant to the audience. If something happens that is unusual or of importance it will make the news, even if it has happened before. The assassination of Mrs Gandhi, for example, was news because it was significant. However, if someone wakes up, eats breakfast and takes the bus to work every day this is not news because it is not unusual.
Writing a news article requires extensive research about the topic being written about. This is because the journalist needs to know about all aspects of the story, including its history, background and significance. The journalist must then find an angle that will be of interest to the audience and draw them into reading the whole article.
When writing a news article it is important to ask yourself the “5 W’s” (who, what, where, when and why) in order to get all of the necessary information for the audience. This will also help you to find the right tone for your article and keep it in line with the publication guidelines. It is also important to write above the fold; this refers to the crease in a paper that prevents it from being read and it is equally as important when writing online articles.