News is an event or item of information about current and recent happenings that is conveyed to the public. It usually involves important events and is reported quickly, accurately and impartially. It may include a variety of media and can be published in newspapers, magazines, radio and television. It may also be distributed via mobile phone and the Internet.
Historically, trained journalists and other professional news personnel were the major suppliers and reporters of news stories. However, with the advent of the Internet and other technologies it has become much easier for the public to be both a supplier and reporter of news stories. This has given rise to citizen journalism.
News stories are typically of interest to the public because they are unusual, interesting, significant and about people. They often have a sense of drama and urgency about them. In addition, they are often presented with a view to influencing opinion by means of emotive language and appealing to the emotions of the audience.
It is very important to know the audience when writing a news story. Knowing the demographic of your target audience will dictate what kind of tone and voice to use, as well as what kinds of facts and details to include. The best way to do this is by reading a wide variety of newspapers and other media outlets. This will give you an idea of what type of news is being reported on and what the trends are.