What Makes News?


News is information about events that affect people’s lives, interests or welfare. News is communicated through a variety of means such as newspapers, magazines, television, radio and the internet. The development of technology has accelerated the speed at which news spreads and has influenced its content.

News carries social, political, economic and military implications. It is also a form of entertainment. People enjoy reading or listening to interesting and exciting stories. These may be about famous or notorious people, wars, crime and accidents. People are also interested in stories about weather, animals, agriculture, sport, health and fashion. It is important for people to have a good understanding of what makes news.

It is important for journalists to know their audience. This will help them decide what type of story to write and how to present it. They should consider the “5 W’s” of writing; who, what, where, when and why. This will ensure that they are providing their audience with the correct information in a clear and engaging way.

Generally, the best stories are those that are unique and offer something new to readers. This could be a first-person account of an event that has never been told before, or it might be an update on a current story that has already been covered by other media outlets. It is important for writers to think creatively and find their own angle on a subject that will make it stand out from the competition.

The most popular topics for news include war, politics, corruption, scandals and celebrities. It is important to note that not all news stories are true and should only be reported if they are factual. It is also important not to report non-news as if it is news, for example, humorous takes on current events.

When deciding what to write about, it is important for journalists to remember that people are more interested in stories that have the potential to change their lives. This could be a new scientific discovery or it might be a disaster that causes a loss of life. It is important that news stories are factual, dramatic and have a consequence.

Different societies have different interests in news and how it is portrayed. For example, a story about a farm wall collapsing and killing cows and pigs will be of more interest in one society than another where these animals are not as common. However, the characteristics of news – timeliness, drama, consequence and proximity – are universally understood. These are the key elements that all news stories must have to be considered “newsworthy”. These attributes will ultimately determine whether or not a news story is a success. It is only when these qualities are present that a piece of news will be shared and read by others. If it is not, it will likely never be published.