What is an Issue?

An issue is a matter or question that needs to be settled, as in “the issues of the day.” The United Nations addresses many major issues throughout the world. These include peacekeeping, disaster relief and humanitarian work, education and women’s rights, to name just a few.

An article is a short piece of writing that discusses a topic of interest or controversy. Often, articles contain an opinion and a recommendation for action or change. They are often published in newspapers, magazines and online. Some articles are academic in nature, while others are personal and aimed at a broad audience.

When composing an article, it is important to start with a strong and clear introduction. This will catch the attention of your audience and help them understand what the article is about. It should also provide the background and context for your argument.

For example, if you are writing about the issue of car manufacturing, start by discussing the history and the economics behind the industry. Then, explain why GM and Toyota are struggling. Once you have established the context for your argument, you can discuss the pros and cons of a bailout or other solution.

Other words that are similar to issue are arise, flow, emanate, spring and stem. But, while all of these can be used to describe coming into existence or notice, originate is the most appropriate synonym for issue because it stresses a definite source or starting point.