News is the information about events that happens every day that gets reported in a newspaper, on TV news, radio or on the Internet. It is often about people or events that affect a lot of people and has to do with politics, the economy, natural disasters or something else that has an impact on society.
The things that make the news are not the same in every country. For example a story about an accident that kills a cow or pig may not be important to a person in a society that doesn’t have a lot of livestock but could be very significant to someone living in a farm community. This is because of the importance of cows and pigs in that particular society.
When writing a news article it is very important to have an idea of who the audience is and what they want from you. Asking yourself the “5 W’s” – Who, What, Where, When, Why and How will help you get your point across. Also remember to give the readers some extra points, like contact information and additional facts about the topic or people in the article.
Typically, newspapers appeal to a person’s logic and reason and while they do report news they usually don’t try to influence the opinion of the reader. Television and radio on the other hand are emotional mediums and they can influence the way a viewer feels about a subject.