What Is News?


News is any information about events, incidents or developments. It may be a story about an event that happened in the past, or it could be about something that is happening now.

The definition of news is subjective and can vary wildly depending on the audience. But the basic criteria are:

Timeliness: This refers to things that are happening now or soon will happen. It may be the death of an important person, the birth of a child, or a local disaster such as a flood, fire or drought.

Immediacy: This is the importance of an event to a group or community at a particular moment in time. It may be the start of an exciting new development, or it could be that an event has already occurred but is still interesting and relevant to the public.

Proximity: This is the location of an event or occurrence, or the personal interest of the audience in it. It could be a matter of a small local event that is of great significance or it may be the emergence of a major global issue, such as a war, or an invention that will change the world.

The purpose of news is to inform, educate and entertain. It is not the job of news to be boring or dull, but it should also have an element of humour.