What is News?


News is the report of something which is new, unusual, interesting or significant. It is important to remember that it is not necessarily what is happening, but how it affects us that makes newsworthy. For example, if a man goes to work on a bus every day, that does not make news, but if he gets run over by a truck on the way, that does.

Another thing to bear in mind is that what may be newsworthy in one society or culture, may not be newsworthy in another. For example, the fact that an insect has adapted to survive in the desert, might not be of interest to people in Australia, but it could be of great significance to people in Sudan where there are major food shortages.

Finally, it is important to remember that while a piece of news is being reported, it must remain objective. This is not always possible, especially if the topic is controversial or a subject which will attract different viewpoints, but it is essential to try and avoid bias. It is also helpful to read a variety of different news sources, in order to get a balanced view of events.

In addition to the above, a good piece of news is often well written and easy to understand. This means that it should use simple and straightforward language and avoid jargon or technical terms which will only serve to confuse the reader.

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