The Importance of News
News is any information or story that conveys current and interesting events in a fast, accurate manner. It can be a local or global event that affects people and society. News is important to most individuals because it allows them to be informed about the world around them, making them more likely to be able to make good decisions that will improve their lives and the lives of those they interact with.
A lot of the news we read in newspapers and magazines, watch on TV and listen to on the radio is dramatic. The news is more likely to be interesting and dramatic if it has clearly defined good and bad characters or situations. For example if there is a robbery at a convenience store the news report will highlight who was robbed (the good guys) and who did the robbing (the bad guys).
When writing news articles it’s important to remember that your readers are looking for the most important facts about the story as quickly as possible. For this reason you should write the most important information at the top of the article, above the fold. The term ‘fold’ comes from newspaper pages that have a crease in them so the most important stories can be seen before the reader has to turn the page or scroll down on the website.
When reporting news it’s important to use a variety of sources in order to get unbiased reports. Some of the most reputable and impartial news outlets are the BBC, the Associated Press and PBS. You can also find many news sources on the internet which have a wide range of viewpoints.