What is News?


News is the information that you read or watch through newspapers, magazines, radio and television. It covers a variety of topics, but is generally about events that have just happened or are current events (though the definition of “news” has been challenged recently because of how quickly news spreads now through personal electronic devices). News stories should have several characteristics including drama, consequence and timeliness.

For example, a story about an animal rescue or an accident at a school will capture the attention of many people because they are not part of everyday life and have an impact beyond a single person’s experience. A story about a celebrity or public figure will also capture interest because of their status and lifestyle. If that person is involved in a scandal, it will generate more interest because it may affect other people.

A story about a crime will capture interest as well, especially if it involves a large amount of money. In addition, the economy and jobs are always of concern, so stories about job opportunities and career changes, e.g., new business start-ups, re-organizations and layoffs are newsworthy.

Entertainment is another newsworthy event, particularly if it involves human achievement or adventure. Sports events, competitions and victories are a popular source of news, as are weather forecasts and train times. Stories about the arts – dance, theatre, cinema and carving – also catch the attention of many people, as do celebrity interviews, book releases and movie reviews.