News is an important source of information that helps us keep up to date on current events. It can be published in a variety of forms such as newspapers, radio, television and the internet. News is generally reported as a factual account of a specific event, but it can also be interpreted to have an opinion or bias. In addition to reporting current events, news is also used as an advocacy tool to promote particular viewpoints.
To be considered as news, an event must be new, unusual, interesting and significant. This may seem obvious but it is not always easy to decide whether something qualifies. For example, a coup in the next country may not be considered a major event if it is not likely to affect your own society. However, if the coup is widely seen as a potential threat to the stability of your own society then it will qualify as news.
Once you have determined that a particular event is newsworthy it is important to write your article in the right style. It is also essential to know who you are writing for – your audience. This will dictate the voice and tone of your article as well as what should be included.
It is also important to remember that the job of news is to inform – not entertain. Entertainment should come from other sources – music and drama on TV and radio; crosswords, cartoons and the like in newspapers.