What Is News?


News is information that is usually delivered via a news medium, such as newspapers or magazines, radio, TV or the Internet. It can include anything that people want to know, including war, politics, education, health, the economy, fashion, entertainment and quirky or unusual events.

In general, most of the things that happen around us make news, but not everything. If a man wakes up and goes to work on the bus every day, this is not very interesting; however, if that same man has just died, that would be very exciting for many people.

Usefulness: The most common uses of news are for public interest, as in weather forecasts or train timings, or for educational values. For example, many news articles help people to become more knowledgeable by highlighting different educational courses, jobs and opportunities.

Crime: Any crime, even small ones, can be news, but bigger crimes tend to attract more attention and to be given greater prominence in the media. Money: Stories involving large amounts of money, such as the inheritances of the rich or the tax revenues generated by business enterprises, can be particularly compelling for readers.

In addition to these, there are a number of other factors that can influence whether or not a story becomes news. These include the news value of the event, which can be influenced by social factors such as race, gender, religion and economic status; and who is selecting and choosing which stories to present (Phillips 2012; Thurman and Myllylahti 2009).