What is News?

News is a story or piece of information about something that happened in the world. It can be good or bad news.


There are six values that journalists look for when determining the newsworthiness of a story. These are: impact, conflict, significance, importance, occurrence and relevance.

The more of these six factors a story meets, the more newsworthy it is. This is why a story that has significant impact, such as a government crackdown, is more newsworthy than a story about a small insect that affects people’s food supply.

Weather: The weather is an important factor in our daily lives, and we often see stories about changes to it. Unusually high or low temperatures, rainfall or storms are all newsworthy, and they keep us informed about how our world is changing.

Food and drink: Shortages or gluts, prices of food in the market and new products are also newsworthy. These stories are important because people want to be able to feed their families.

Entertainment: Stories about music, dance, theatre, cinema and carving are interesting because they keep us updated on the latest developments in these areas.

If you’re writing a news article, the most important facts should be listed first, in order to grab readers’ attention. This is known as the inverted pyramid, and the best information should be at the top to engage your reader and get them to read more.

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