What Is News?


News is information about current and interesting events, obtained from every moment and everywhere. It presents these events to the public in an objective and fast way and in accordance with a set of ethical rules. It can be found in newspapers and magazines, on TV or radio, through the Internet or in any other means of communication. News is not only a presentation of events, but also of opinions and ideas on those events. It reflects society’s cultural values and beliefs. It can influence public opinion and help shape politicians’ policies.

The information that makes it into a newspaper, onto the newscast or posted on a website is chosen by people who work for the news organization. They may be called editors, news directors or even news managers. They take recommendations from reporters, assistant editors and others, but they make the final decisions about what is newsworthy. They are often referred to as gatekeepers.

Usually, events become newsworthy because they are dramatic, unusual, interesting, significant or about people. If a person is hurt or killed, it’s likely to be newsworthy. If there is an element of controversy, it’s also likely to be newsworthy. If it’s about a celebrity, it is especially likely to be newsworthy.

In different societies, the same event can have very different news value. For example, if a wall collapses and kills a cow but spares a pig, the news story will be of much less interest to people than a similar one about the deaths of many sheep. This is because the importance of cows and pigs differ from society to society.

People are interested in the activities and lives of famous people, so news stories about them are often made. People are also interested in health, so news about hospitals and clinics, medicine and diseases is often reported. People are interested in sex, even though they may not talk about it openly, so news stories about sex and sexual behavior can also be newsworthy.

National publications focus more on international events because they serve a wider audience than local ones. They are more likely to report on crises and wars, but they will also cover sports events and other entertainment.

It is important for journalists to be impartial when reporting the news. However, it is impossible for them to completely remove their personal opinions and biases from their news writing. This is because they are not merely presenting facts; they are interpreting those facts and trying to influence their audience. If a journalist is not careful, they can be accused of making up news or giving biased opinions. To minimize this, journalists should try to be as factual as possible. It is also important for them to check their facts before submitting their articles for publication. They should not be afraid to contact experts to verify the accuracy of an opinion or statistic. They should also be willing to change their original ideas if they discover that they are wrong.

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