What Is News?
News is anything that relates to what is happening in areas of the culture that are important to people. It is something that is put before people briefly so that they will read it, clearly so that they will understand it, picturesquely so that they will remember it and, above all, accurately so that they will be guided by it.
Some people believe that the function of News is to inform and educate a public that would otherwise not be informed and educated. Some people also believe that the function of News is to entertain, although this is not considered to be an essential part of its job. The entertainment aspect of News is better served through other sources, such as music and drama programs on television and radio or cartoons and crossword puzzles in newspapers and magazines.
While all journalists are trained to make sure that their reports are accurate and fair, many of them have their own personal biases and prejudices which can influence the news that they present to their audiences. Some of these biases are cultural, while others are ideological and political.
All cultures have different ideas of what is important to their societies, which can influence the events that are regarded as newsworthy by those societies. For example, in some countries it is not unusual for a coup d’etat to be regarded as a major news story. However, in other places, a coup may not be viewed as important and might be seen as a violation of the rights of citizens.
A large number of factors determine whether an event is newsworthy, including its timeliness, its drama, its consequence and whether or not it is about people. People who are involved in an event are a major factor in its newsworthiness, because they provide a human face to the story and give it meaning. Events that are not about people do not usually make the news, except when they involve an extraordinary occurrence, such as a meteorite landing in the middle of a city or a major disaster, such as a flood, earthquake or volcanic eruption.
People who write and publish news stories are often referred to as journalists, but the term “news media” is more generally used to describe all of the various types of news outlets, from newspaper columns to TV and radio shows. Different media have different styles and ways of presenting news, which gives audiences a slightly different perspective on the world when they watch or read the news. This is particularly true of the Internet, which has blurred the distinctions between traditional news outlets and individuals who post their own views of the world on websites. As a result, it is becoming increasingly difficult for any one news organization to maintain its control over the information that it delivers to its audience. However, it is still important for individuals to seek out and consume a variety of news sources in order to have a well-rounded perspective on what is occurring in the world.