News is any information that is new and relevant. It can be broadcast on television, printed in a newspaper or online, or even yelled across the classroom. News can be about important events in the world, or it could just be something that happened close to home. News can be exciting or scary, but it should always be factually correct.
The first step in creating news is deciding who the intended audience will be. Then, it is possible to determine what kind of information would be most useful to them. Usually, this will be determined by the subject matter of the news story or article. For example, if you are writing about a local fire, your intended demographic will be residents of the area. If you are discussing zoning laws in a commercial area, your audience will be business owners.
It is then important to decide what sort of information will be included in the news article or report. The more exciting or controversial the topic, the higher the priority it will be given. Often, the most important facts will be highlighted at the beginning of the article. This is because people like to be up-to-date on the latest developments. It is also important to make sure that the information is accurate and that any sources are credited in a works cited page at the end of the article.
If a story is to be considered newsworthy, it must meet five criteria: it must be unusual, interesting, significant, and about people. However, there is no such thing as completely unbiased news; all news is biased to some degree, and this is because of the beliefs, prejudices and biases of the journalists and news outlets. Nevertheless, there are ways to minimise the impact of this; for example, by using an online news aggregator which filters articles based on their biases, so that you are exposed to more than one slant on the same event.
The Internet has made it easy to spread news worldwide, so that even if governments attempt to control the media, they cannot prevent information from being passed on from person to person. As a result, there is a lot of unreliable information being circulated on the web; therefore it is important to consider the source before believing in what you read or watch.
There are many websites that offer advice on how to recognise and avoid false information; some of them provide lists of organisations that can be trusted, while others evaluate the reliability of different sources by looking at their consistency and record of providing factual and verifiable information. It is also helpful to read blogs and opinion sections of newspapers which offer a different perspective on the same subject; this can help to broaden your understanding of an issue, and may also challenge your own beliefs in some way. This can be a very healthy experience!