News is the latest information about events that are happening in the world. It can be found in various forms: newspapers, radio and TV programmes, websites and even social media. It can be very important to stay up-to-date with the current events in your country and around the world.
The purpose of news is to inform and to educate your readers or listeners. Often it is also used to entertain, especially when there is an element of humour in the story.
Several different factors influence the newsworthiness of an event. These include:
Drama, consequence and timeliness (also called ‘news value’). This refers to the extent to which an event is dramatic, has a significant consequence and has a relatively short or immediate time frame.
Another key is whether it involves a large number of people or a small number of people. It can also be influenced by its relevance to the audience’s own life or values.
These aspects are all about how the news is judged and how it affects its audience. They do not directly influence the newsworthiness of a story, but they are all important to consider when evaluating the newsworthiness of any particular piece of information or the news media in general.
It is also important to know who your target audience is – it will help you decide how to present your news, what to leave out and what not to include in your story. For example, if you are writing for a teenager, the tone of your news should be more direct than if you are writing for an elderly reader.
You may also find that you need to adapt your news to the audience in a particular area or region, for instance, if you are writing for a newspaper in London but the news is being reported from the Middle East.
In the past, news was a product of professional journalists and other people who were the suppliers or gatekeepers of news. Audience members were mainly the receivers who wrote letters to the editor of their local newspaper or contacted the local radio and TV news stations with their comments about the stories they heard.
Now, however, the Internet and other digital media technologies have shifted the balance of power between suppliers and gatekeepers. This means that all of us can be suppliers and gatekeepers in a new way.
This is changing how we choose and receive our news. It’s also changing how we evaluate and make choices about what to read, watch or listen to.
It’s important to remember that news is a complex and constantly evolving topic. It can be changed by a variety of factors, including the opinions of the newsmakers involved.
One of the biggest changes in the news world has been that there are more and more sources of news. This has led to a more diverse range of voices and perspectives being listened to and shared by people across the world.