News is information about current events, and it can be delivered in a variety of ways. It can be printed in newspapers, on radio and TV, or on the Internet. It keeps the public informed about what is happening around them, whether it is local, national or international in scope.
One of the functions of news is to inform the public about issues that affect them, such as politics, crime, economics, or culture. It can also be used to educate and explain complex topics, as well as to entertain.
The way that a news story is presented can also influence the audience. For example, hard news stories should begin with the most important facts first (who, what, where, when, why). This is known as the “inverted pyramid” method. Follow-up paragraphs can then fill in details that help to clarify or add to the main points of the story.
The events that make the news are typically things that don’t happen every day and have a wide-reaching impact. They can be negative or positive, but they must be significant in some way. This is why it’s so important to read multiple news sources – to get a well-rounded view of the world. A great place to start is AllSides, which clearly labels each news article as being left-leaning, center, or right-leaning. You can then see how the same event is portrayed by different sources and decide for yourself which is most accurate.