The Purpose of News
News is what happens today, and sometimes it’s the latest information about what’s happened before.
Traditionally, people who wanted to know what was happening had to read newspapers or listen to the radio. Now, they can get their news in many different ways, on any device.
The purpose of news is to inform, educate and entertain people. Whether it’s music and drama programs on radio, cartoons in newspapers or crossword puzzles on television, the purpose of news is to provide people with knowledge about the world around them.
A good news story should be new, unusual, interesting, significant and about people. It should also be dramatic, presenting clearly who is good and who is bad in a situation.
It should be interesting to people, and it should be about people who have a unique point of view. This might be an expert who can offer technical commentary or analysis, or it might be a everyday person who has experienced the topic first hand and can share their own perspective.
Write above the fold – always put your best stories at the top of your article. This is similar to the crease in a newspaper where all the important stories are placed at the top of the page, before readers scroll down to find the rest of the news.
In the United States and other countries, governments impose limits on the impartiality of news broadcasters. This means that reporters must report the facts without bias or favoring one side of an issue over another.