What is News?


News is information about current events, obtained at every moment and everywhere. It is a matter of great interest to people, as it concerns their daily life and future prospects. News is usually reported in a newspaper or magazine and is based on facts and information, although it can also contain opinion and propaganda. It should be objective and fair, which means that before going to print a journalist checks the facts thoroughly to make sure they are accurate.

People are interested in news about famous persons, their activities, lifestyle and appearance. They are also interested in the work of renowned companies and places. The weather, harvest and food shortages, new medicines or vaccinations are all newsworthy. Stories concerning war, terrorism, politics and crime have long been considered as newsworthy. Similarly, government proclamations are often considered newsworthy, as well as royal ceremonies and laws and taxes.

National publications will focus more on events that affect a wider population, such as international crises or wars. However, they may also focus on entertainment and sports news. A good news article will include all the important facts, be written clearly so readers can understand it and be picturesque so that it is readable. It should also be short so that readers can easily absorb and remember it. It should be interesting to read and generate a feeling of surprise. This will encourage readers to share it with others. However, what is considered interesting or significant in one society may not be so in another. For example, if a farm wall collapses killing a cow and a pig, this will be newsworthy in a country where cattle are important but not so in one where pigs are more important.