What is News?
News is a term used to describe information about events that people are interested in. This information can be reported by radio, television, the Internet or newspapers.
The purpose of news is to inform, educate and entertain audiences. It should also be factually correct and not be dull or dry.
A good news story is new, unusual, interesting, significant and about people. It should be about an event that has happened in the past week or so and should have a strong impact on the audience.
Timeliness is another important factor in deciding whether an event is newsworthy. An event that is new, and that relates to the loss of life, damage or natural disaster has greater news value than an event that is old.
Drama is another factor that determines the news value of an event. An event that is dramatic will be more newsworthy than an event that is less dramatic, but is also important.
The decision about what to report as news is made by people who work for a particular newspaper, television station or Internet site. These are called gatekeepers or editors and they make the decisions based on recommendations from their staff.