What Is News?


News is information about recent events, which can be transmitted in a number of different ways. These include word of mouth, printing, postal systems, broadcasting, and electronic communication.

The word news comes from Greek and means ‘to break to the people’. It is therefore a very important part of everyday life in most societies.

What makes a news story is something that has happened recently and which people want to know about. This may be a disaster, a crime, or an accident. It could also be a dramatic event or a political scandal.

In each case, the news is evaluated and then judged according to the degree of significance it has for the community. For example, if a farm wall collapses killing two cows and a pig, it will be of great interest in some parts of the country but not so much in others.

If a peasant farmer says that the Roman Catholic Church should ordain women priests, this is very likely to be news because it would affect his livelihood. It will have been compared with other similar stories which were already being told and will have been judged on that basis.

A news story can be anything from a little bit of trivia to a major international controversy. A newspaper will always try to get the biggest story first in the bulletin or on Page One, and it may give the lesser stories later in the bulletin or on an inside page. It is the job of the editors to decide which news items should be given priority.

There are many different types of news, so it is important to find a way to cover them all. For example, there are stories about weather, food and drink, entertainment, sports, technology and sex.

The weather can be a source of news because it is something that can affect our lives, whether we live in a dry and deserted place, a wet and rainy area, or an urban area. A story about droughts and floods can make the news because they are unusual.

A cyclone can also be a source of news, because it can cause damage and may disrupt life. A story about a bush fire can be interesting too, because it is something that is happening outside of our normal lives.

Another type of news is that which makes people think differently. This can be an excellent way to raise a conversation and make someone think more carefully about a problem.

This kind of news is often reported in newspapers and in the media, including TV. It can be a good way for people to think about the problems of their society and how they should change them.

There is also a lot of interest in the lives and careers of famous people. It is particularly newsworthy when these people fall from power, lose their money or are involved in a scandal.

If you are writing news for a magazine, it is best to have someone else read your work before sending it to the editor. This can help you to correct any mistakes that are found and give your work a fresh perspective. It can also give you a new idea for an article and help you to see what is and is not of interest to your readers.