What Is News?

News is information that is new or unusual.

The most important part of any news article is the lead statement, and this should be a one-sentence paragraph that explains what the story is about and why it is of interest to the reader. It should also include the basic facts and details of the story.

A story that is new or unusual may be interesting, but it does not have to be news. For example, a scientist might find an insect living on a plant that it had never before been found on. This could be significant, but it would not be news unless the insect was a species that was very rare or even an endangered species.

Another thing to remember is that news values are influenced by an internal system of prejudices that journalists have learned about and internalized over their career. These values can influence the way in which a journalist chooses to cover a story, and how that story is reported.

In addition, there are certain aspects of a story that are more likely to be newsworthy than others. These include the following:


A story with a strong impact has the potential to reach a large audience, and this makes it more likely to be newsworthy. This might be because it involves a large number of people, or because it involves violence or scandal.


A conflict-filled story is more likely to be newsworthy than a story with no conflict, because it could lead to riots and other public events. This can be because violence affects a society and is often associated with political change.