What Is News?
News is information that gets spread through newspapers, magazines, television, radio and the Internet. This can include news about war, politics, health, crime, the environment, business, sports and more.
A news story is a series of facts that come together to create an interesting and informative topic for the reader. However, a news story is not completely accurate or complete until all the facts are checked and verified by other sources.
Whether a news story makes it onto the front page of a newspaper or is aired on TV, the decision about what becomes news is made by the people who work for that news organization (depending on what medium they are working with, print, broadcasting or the Internet). These are usually called editors, news directors and/or news managers.
They sift through the events and issues that happen throughout the day to determine what they think will be newsworthy. They often rely on their own staffers to make this decision, but they also take recommendations from other sources within the news organization.
These decision makers have an understanding of what constitutes news that is shared by most of the people in the news business, as well as by most of the audience members who read or watch or listen to news on a regular basis. That understanding reflects some very basic characteristics that everyone understands: timeliness, drama, consequence and proximity to the story at hand.
When you are writing a news article, it is important to keep these characteristics in mind as you write. This will help you convey the information that is necessary for your readers to understand and connect with the topic, which can lead to a better article overall.