What Is News?


News is information about events that are important to a wide range of people. It can be delivered by various media such as radio, television and newspapers. It is also available online through websites and blogs. It is often written in a journalistic style and adheres to the principles of journalism.

It is important to know that not everything that happens is newsworthy. The event must have recently changed something or have the potential to change things in a way that is important to a significant number of people. For example, an old man waking up, eating breakfast and catching the bus to work is not newsworthy because it is a very ordinary activity that has been occurring for years.

News articles should have a snappy headline that informs readers of the news topic while seizing their interest. They should then present the main points of the news story in a pyramid “bucket” structure, based on their order of importance. Lastly, the article should conclude with a restatement of the leading statement or a statement that suggests possible future developments relating to the article topic.

In terms of writing style, news articles are generally short and written in the third person. However, when referring to a person in the text it is important to use their full first name or both initials. This avoids confusing the reader and jarring them from the flow of the text. It is also important to cite all sources when writing news articles, and never use Wikipedia or other unsubstantiated resources.

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