News is information about important events that happen in a society, or about the world in general. It can come from newspapers, magazines and radio. It can also be presented by television and online. Some people are concerned that the internet is destroying the quality of news, but there is also much good material available on the web. A good way to keep up with a variety of different news is to use Google alerts, which will send you emails when new articles are written about your chosen subjects. Many people also find that blogs and opinion sections of magazines and newspapers are a good source of information as well.
Most people agree that the purpose of news media – newspapers, magazines and radio – is to inform. It is not to entertain, although that does sometimes happen – music and drama programmes on radio and cartoons in newspapers are examples of this. The entertainment that comes from the news should come from other areas – music and TV for example, rather than the news itself.
A piece of news should contain all the necessary details relating to an event. The article should also provide an in-depth investigation into the topic and include supporting evidence, such as quotes and opinions from experts in the field. Finally, a news article should end with a conclusion that restates the leading statement (thesis) or hints at possible future developments in the subject area.
The first thing to think about when writing a news article is who the audience will be. Most news articles are geared toward a particular demographic. This can often be obvious, such as a local news article covering a community event whose audience will mostly be residents of that area. However, it can be more difficult to determine the demographic of a piece of news, especially if it is a news article on a topic that has a broader appeal.
In general, most news articles are about people – their successes and failures, the things they do that make the world a better place, the things they do that upset the balance of the universe, etc. However, news can also be about non-human events – the effects of cyclones, floods, droughts and volcanoes; the impact of asteroid strikes on Earth.
The news is not just what happens, but how it affects you and how you can influence the future of your community. The news should be accurate, and avoid being overly negative or positive. The news should leave the reader with enough information to form their own opinion, regardless of whether that opinion is different from your own.