What Is News?
News is information about significant events, which are reported in newspapers, magazines, radio or television. It is usually about people, but can also be about things which affect a large number of people. News can also be humourous.
It is important for journalists to know what constitutes news. This is because the definition of what is considered news can change over time. The way that journalists identify what is news can influence how the public perceives a story. For example, a newspaper may focus on one type of event over another in order to attract a certain audience. This is called’market research’ and it can have an impact on what the news media presents to the public.
A story that is new, unusual, interesting and significant is likely to be newsworthy. However, just because something is newsworthy does not necessarily mean that it will interest a wide range of people. For example, an insect eating a new plant is not likely to be of much interest to people other than to biologists.
It is possible to find a variety of different sources for news, including international news agencies, such as the Associated Press (AP), Reuters and the BBC. Many of these news sources have a reputation for accuracy and fairness, and have been in existence for years. There are a number of websites which evaluate news sources for bias, and which suggest ways to obtain information from outside of one’s own worldview.