The Importance of News

News is information about current events that affect people in some way. This can be through politics, war, business, crime or natural disasters. News stories are not always accurate but reputable journalists can usually be trusted to do their homework and check facts before publishing.

It is important to stay up to date with the news so that you know what is going on in the world and can talk about it with your friends and family. It is also important to choose your sources carefully and only use reputable newspapers, radio or television channels. It is a good idea to try and read the news from different sources to compare opinions and find a range of perspectives on an event.

Some things do not make the news because they are common or ordinary. For example, a man getting up, having breakfast and going to work on the bus is not interesting, as it happens all the time. However, if the same man is caught in a fire or taken hostage by terrorists this is big news.

To be newsworthy, an event or issue must be new, unusual, interesting and significant. It should also be about people. The five Ws are the questions to ask yourself about a news story: who, what, where, when and why. A well written news article should contain facts from research and quotes from the people involved in the story. It should not include the writer’s opinion and should be clearly written in short, direct sentences.