News is anything that relates to a current event or one that has happened recently. The news is reported by newspapers, radio and television so that people will be aware of it. News is important because it is how citizens can keep up to date on the world around them. It is also how they find out about important events in their own communities.
The first step in writing a piece of news is to know your audience. You should have a clear idea of the type of readers you are writing for and how much information they will be expecting. This will help you write the story in a way that is most likely to appeal to them.
Next, you need to determine what makes a story newsworthy. There are many factors that can make something newsworthy, but some of the most common include:
Magnitude: Stories with a high degree of impact, such as natural disasters, wars and famines.
Conflict: Stories that have a strong conflicting element, such as controversies, arguments, splits and strikes.
Exclusivity: Stories generated by, or made available first to, the news organisation, such as interviews, letters, investigations and surveys.
Surprise: Stories that catch readers by surprise and arouse their curiosity. This can be anything from a celebrity breakup to a new medical breakthrough.
Finally, a good news article should be short and concise. Readers are bombarded with information from all over the place and if your story is too long, they may lose interest or tune out altogether. This is why you should use the inverted pyramid structure, where you put the most important information at the top of the article and then follow with other details.