What Is News?

News is the information that people receive from newspapers, radio stations, television networks, and the Internet. It is about anything that is happening in the world, whether it is big or small. It may have dramatic or non-dramatic elements.

A Story About Humans

The things people do to make the world a better place are what most people think of as news. They include politics, economic issues, crime, scandals, and social problems such as poverty. It can also be about natural disasters such as fires, floods, droughts or volcanic eruptions.

A Story About Nature

News about the natural world is important because it helps us to understand the environment we live in. It also gives us clues as to how to protect ourselves from natural hazards such as floods, fires and storms.

A Story About People

The most common form of news is about people, but it can be made from other sources as well, such as an accident or disaster. A news article can be written about someone who has died, or it can be about a group of people who are fighting for their rights.

A story about an event or situation that affects many people is more likely to be news than a story about someone who has won. If a large number of people have lost their homes, their jobs or their money due to a recession or another economic crisis, it will become a news story.

Changing How We Get News

The way we get news has changed a lot over the years. Until recently, only trained journalists and other news personnel were the main suppliers of news and information. But now, with the growth of the Internet and other new digital media technologies, we all can be suppliers, reporters, editors and gatekeepers.

We can also be producers of news, making it available to others in different ways through different types of media. For example, we can share a news story with friends and family by email or on Twitter or Facebook. We can even have it published on our own websites.

Using the Internet to Get News

The news we get on the Internet can be very different from the news we hear on television, radio or print. For example, we can learn about news events through videos or images posted on social media platforms such as YouTube or Instagram.

Changing How We Produce News

Today, a large proportion of news is produced through social media. For example, a story about the Virginia Tech massacre that took place in 2007 was captured by a student’s cell phone camera. This initial report then spread across the Internet, allowing it to be shared by millions of people worldwide in a matter of days.

Changing How We Judge News

The news we hear is usually judged by people who are working in the media. These people are called editors, news directors, or news managers and they take recommendations from their staffers and make decisions about what will be included in a newspaper, on the news line-up, or posted on a news website. This can be difficult, because the news is often not what people want to hear or read.