How to Write News
News is current events that happen in the world around us. News is important to people because it reveals what is happening, what has happened and why it matters to them and other people. It also provides information on what is going to happen. News is often based on facts but can sometimes contain opinions or bias, and is usually presented in a journalistic manner.
The first step in writing a news article is to identify the audience and know what information they want. This will guide the tone and structure of the article. It is also helpful to have a snappy headline that informs the reader about the topic and grabs their attention. The next step is to outline the story, focusing on the five W’s: who, what, where, when and why. It is recommended to write the most important points at the top of the story, as this is where the viewer will focus their attention. This is known as the “inverted pyramid” and is a standard that is taught in journalism school.
Controversy: People like controversies; they love to read about arguments, charges and counter-charges, fights and tension. Prominence: People are interested in the lives of famous persons. Currency: Events that are happening now are newsworthy, especially those that affect the general public. Oddity: Unusual events generate interest. Emotion: People are eager to read stories that make them empathise with others.
Many newspapers and news broadcasters claim to be objective and without bias, and to present only the facts of a story. However, some journalists admit to inserting their own views or personal opinions into the news they report, which can result in an inaccurate and biased report.