What Is News?


News is information about current events that is obtained quickly and accurately and conveyed to people who are interested in hearing it. People who are interested in news may tune in to a wide variety of media sources to get their information. Trying to take in as many of these sources as possible will help people to have a fuller understanding of how different information about the world can be presented, and it might also make them more open-minded in how they view it.

The things that are considered to be newsworthy often affect a large number of people. This is especially true if they are significant and have not occurred before. For example, a robbery at a convenience store will be a significant event that is likely to be reported in the news because it involves many people, some of whom will be good and some of whom are bad. The story will usually describe clearly who the good and bad guys are and how the robbery took place.

People who are deciding which information should be published in a newspaper, broadcast on TV or radio, or posted on the Internet have some very specific criteria that they keep in mind when making this decision. These people, who are called gatekeepers because they control the flow of news from one medium to another, are typically editors or directors at a particular news organization. They rely on recommendations from reporters, assistant editors and other employees to help them decide what is worthy of being reported on as the news of the day.

When deciding what to write about, they must consider the 5 W’s: who, what, where, when and why. They also need to consider how to present the news in a way that will be most useful to their audience. This is because they rely on advertising revenue to pay for the production of the news that they deliver to their audiences.

News is a rough draft of history, and it is important to remember that the final product is not as objective as it might seem. It is influenced by the viewpoints of those who produce and report it, as well as the values and biases of the viewers.

In addition, the fact that a draft is not yet finished means that it is subject to change. This is why it is important to continue to work hard on the craft of journalism and to try to report as truthfully as possible.

The best way to learn about the world and the people in it is to read a wide variety of news sources, including newspapers, magazines, television and radio. It is also a good idea to try to see the world through the eyes of other people by visiting their websites, social networking sites and video sites like YouTube. These experiences will help you to become a more informed citizen of the world, and will hopefully lead to a greater appreciation for what a free press can do for society.