News is current and interesting information about the world around us. It can include events in politics, business, the environment, science, technology, sports and entertainment. Historically, news was conveyed verbally, but modern technology has allowed for the rapid dissemination of information by newspaper, magazine, radio and television.
It is important to note that the purpose of news stories – whether they are published in newspapers, magazines or on television and radio – should be to inform or educate your audience. Providing your audience with information will keep them interested in the news and help to prevent them from getting bored with it. This is not to say that there is no room for entertainment in the news – music and drama programs on radio, for example, or crosswords and cartoons in newspapers are all great examples of ways in which entertaining news can be presented.
In some cases, it may be appropriate to use your own opinion in the news story. However, it is important to know your audience and what they want and need from you before attempting to influence their opinions with your own. For this reason, it is best to let the people in your news story speak for themselves and provide a balanced account of the situation.
News is generally geared toward a particular demographic. This is often obvious based on location; for example, a local news station in Kansas City will target residents of that city. However, it may also be apparent based on the topic of the news article. If the news is about a new product or service, for example, the audience might be businesses in that industry.