What Is News?
News is information about current events that are important to a society or community. Typically it is gathered and delivered by journalists through a variety of media, including newspapers, radio and television. Alternatively, it can also be distributed through e-mails, the internet and mobile devices. The purpose of the news is to inform and educate the reader, listener or viewer about what is happening. It can also entertain. This can be achieved through music or drama on radio and television, or through cartoons and crosswords in newspapers.
It is important to find an unbiased source of news. There are several websites that evaluate the bias of different sources. These include AllSides, which gives The Wall Street Journal a left-leaning rating based on two blind surveys and three editorial reviews. It is also possible to use news aggregator sites which collect and display articles from a wide range of sources without human curation.
Crime: Any crime is potentially newsworthy, but especially the more serious crimes and those involving celebrities or other prominent figures. All societies are interested in the lives of famous people, and their fortunes made and lost. Similarly, health stories are popular; people want to know about traditional remedies, medical research, diseases, hospitals and clinics, drugs, diet and exercise. Lastly, most societies are interested in sex, even though they may not talk openly about it.
In writing a news article, it is important to identify the most important facts and place them at the beginning of the article. Then, follow up these facts with more in-depth information. It is also important to give credit to the source of any information in a news article. This can be done by citing the name of the person interviewed, or simply by using paraphrasing to make it clear where the information came from.