What Is News?

News is information about events that have not happened yet and which are important enough to share with a wide audience. It can be published in any format, from newspapers to radio and television to the Internet. News is often delivered in the form of a story, which is a narrative that includes facts and opinions. Some stories have an emotional impact, whereas others are more informative or analytical. News can also be a tool for propaganda and marketing.

The purpose of news is to inform and educate the public about world and local events. In the past, the majority of news was shared through printed media such as newspapers and magazines. However, with the advent of electronic media such as television and the Internet, more and more news is available. News is usually reported in the present tense, but can also be reported in the past or future tense, depending on the time frame of interest to readers.

A story can be news if it is interesting, significant and/or unusual. It can be about a person, place or event. It can be about a particular issue that is of concern to society or the economy. It can also be about a particular trend or pattern. For example, if one fancy restaurant closes in the face of declining economic conditions, this may be newsworthy, but if four restaurants on the same street closed last year, it is not as significant.

People are interested in celebrities and their lives, and are especially interested in stories about them when they do or say something unusual. This is why gossip and celebrity magazines are so popular. People are also interested in news about sports, business, politics and international affairs. They are also interested in the environment and are concerned when it is abused or endangered. They are also interested in health and wellness, and want to know about medical research and hospitals, diet and exercise. They are also interested in sex and like to hear about how other societies handle this topic, even though they are reluctant to talk about it openly themselves.

All societies are interested in the arts and culture, so it is no surprise that they are also interested in news about art museums, music and dance. It is often newsworthy when a famous artist dies, or when a new painting is discovered that is considered to be a forgery. People also like to see how their money is being spent by the government or local institutions, and are interested in philanthropy and social welfare news.

It is recommended that people read multiple news sources to gain a variety of viewpoints on the same event. This is because one source is likely to confirm their existing worldview and biases. For this reason, it is a good idea to seek out “completely orthogonal” sources of news, such as those of foreign countries or those that focus on political and social issues.