News is a type of content that recaps current events and shares noteworthy information with an audience. It has been around as long as the written word and can be found in a variety of platforms. When writing news, it is important to remember that the goal is not to shock or entertain — it is to inform. If you are aiming to inform, you will want to include all of the relevant facts without adding your own opinion into the mix. This will help readers to understand the event and come away with a fuller picture of what has happened.
A well-written news story should answer the five W’s: who, what, where, when and why. It is also important to source your news and make sure you have all the facts before beginning to write. This will prevent your article from being a clickbait, and it will ensure you have enough information to accurately report on the topic.
Keeping in mind that not all news stories are created equal can be helpful when deciding what to share on social media or with your friends. It’s important to find outlets that prioritize reporting on the “big picture” and provide context, nuance and accuracy to their articles. For example, VOX, Refinery29, Flare’s Explainer series and Maclean’s are all great sources for news that has been reported on in a thoughtful and comprehensive way.