News is information about recent events that are of interest to a wide audience. It can include world news, local news and even company news. News is often a combination of facts and opinion, and can be both positive and negative. News articles should be accurate, but they also need to be interesting in order to get a reader’s attention and encourage them to share the story.
Whether it is on the front page of a newspaper or the top of a website, hard news takes priority and focuses on the big issues such as politics, war, business and crime. It is important to have a good understanding of the 5 Ws (who, what, where, when and why) in order to write well about news stories.
A person’s ability to digest and understand news is affected by their cultural background, personal biases and the type of media they consume. As such, no news source can be considered truly unbiased.
To be newsworthy, an event must be new, unusual, interesting, significant and about people. However, the extent to which a story meets these criteria is subjective; for example, if a man wakes up, gets dressed and goes to work on the bus, this will not make the news because it is neither unusual nor interesting. It is therefore important to have a good understanding of the impact of bias on our perception of news and to seek out sources that attempt to be balanced and impartial.