What Is News?
News is information about an event that has recently changed, or that is likely to change, our lives. It is usually reported in a chronological order and contains a lot of facts. It may also contain opinions and emotions, such as fear or anger. News articles are often written about human events or issues, but can also be about the weather, plants, animals and things in nature.
News can be found in newspapers, magazines and television, but the internet has made it possible to receive world news at home or at work on a laptop, computer or mobile phone. This has changed the way people receive news, and how they react to it.
It is important to know how to read the news and be aware of the biases of different news outlets. A good place to start is the Associated Press (AP). This organization does not have corporate funding and its journalism has an excellent reputation for accuracy. However, it should be noted that the news they report tends to have a negativity bias, and this is something that can be countered by reading other news sources.
A person can be interested in all kinds of news, but the main categories are:
Famous people: what they do and where they are is interesting to many. They are particularly newsworthy when they fall out of favour or are involved in scandal. Health: many people are interested in how they can stay healthy. This means they are interested in stories about hospitals and clinics, medical research, medicines, diets and exercise. Sex: All societies are interested in sex and its relationship to life; they are especially interested when someone is involved in behaviour that goes against society’s generally accepted norms.
Economy: the rise and fall of businesses, government policies and taxation are all items of interest to most people. Agriculture: the weather, crop diseases and harvest sizes, food prices and availability are items of interest to many people. Entertainment: developments in music, theatre, cinema and carving keep us informed about what is new and worth seeing.
There are many reasons why something becomes news, but the most important thing is that it affects a large number of people. This is why it is so important to be able to recognise when a story is newsworthy. Everybody makes judgments about what is important, and how it will impact them, but it can be difficult to see what is really significant and what is not. This is where the journalist plays a crucial role, and he or she will be judged on the quality of the judgments that he or she makes. A story that is judged to be very important will be given top billing, and placed above the fold of a newspaper, or on Page One in a magazine. Those that are less important will be given less space and perhaps appear later in the bulletin or on an inside page.