News is any information about events occurring in the world that are worthy of attention. It is newsworthy when it affects a large number of people or has the potential to cause a significant change in their lives, or if it is particularly surprising or unusual. News articles should be objective and contain only the facts.
News articles should be written with the inverted pyramid structure in mind, as well as your audience and publication. This means you should determine who will read your article and what their level of knowledge is about the topic. This helps you decide how much detail to include and whether to add a broader context or opinion to your piece. It is also a good idea to include at least one image with your news article, as this can be a great way to grab the reader’s attention and highlight key points of your article.
The deciding factor as to what is considered newsworthy lies with journalists who make judgments on a daily basis about what is important to their audiences. The most important and interesting events get top billing in news bulletins, on Page One of the newspaper, or both. Lesser news is given less prominence and may be relegated to the inside pages. This process is based on a combination of factors including: the importance to the community, proximity, impact and the degree of controversy or public interest in the event.