News can be found in many different formats, from newspapers and magazines to radio and TV. It can also be found on websites. The internet is a great source of information, and with the increasing number of mobile devices in people’s hands it is not surprising that so many people are using their phones to listen to and watch news on a daily basis.
News stories can be very interesting, they can be entertaining and they can be informative. They can also be controversial. It is important, therefore, to know how to judge the news value of a story.
A news story is a short piece of writing, usually accompanied by images and sound. It is designed to inform readers about something new or to raise their interest in a topic or event.
The best way to write a good news story is to gather facts, research them and create a well-rounded and interesting article. Start by deciding on the main points you want to make. Then write them down and organize them into pyramid “buckets” based on their importance to the topic at hand.
There are some common criteria to help you decide whether or not a story is newsworthy: it should be new, unusual, interesting, significant and about people. A new government, a revolution, an accident or a disaster – all these can be newsworthy.
Another thing to look at is how the story will affect your readers, listeners or viewers. For example, if you are a business person and a new tax is introduced which could affect your profits it will be a very newsworthy story. Similarly, if a child has died and you are wondering how it happened you will be very interested in reading about the story.
In the UK, for example, there are four national newspapers and three regional ones that all report on the same kind of news – and most of them have websites which you can read online. You can also subscribe to newspapers on the internet and get them delivered to your email address.
To ensure that your news articles are informative and up-to-date, it is a good idea to set up Google alerts for topics which interest you. This will send you an email when a new result appears in Google about the subject you have chosen, so that you can see if there are any new articles available.