What Is News?


News is a collection of information that was not previously known to (someone). It can be provided by a number of media, including word of mouth, printing, postal systems, broadcasting or through the testimony of witnesses and observers.

The Gatekeepers

When it comes to news, the gatekeepers – the people who decide what goes in a newspaper or on television – are looking for stories that are both current and timely. This means that a bank robbery that took place last week will not be in the line-up today, unless the event has some impact and is likely to become something more.


During a time when news is constantly being spread by electronic devices, the traditional news organizations lose their control over what you hear. This can be a positive thing, as it allows you to have access to more information. But it also means that you must be more careful with what you listen to and read.

The 5 W’s

When writing a news article, the first thing you need to do is figure out who your target audience is and what they want from your article. Knowing this will help you to format an outline that will get the best information out to them quickly.

Opinionated sources are also a great way to keep your writing interesting. Whether it’s a blog, an opinion section of a magazine or the opinion sectors of newspapers, reading these sources will give you insight from people who have unique perspectives on a subject.

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