News is information about an event that has changed or will change a situation. It may be an event that is significant, important or interesting. A story may also be newsworthy if it is unusual, unexpected or sensational. News is usually reported in a newspaper, on television or radio.
The headline of a news article is a key component and often the first thing people see. It is written to be catchy and include some of the basic facts of the story. It is often written by a member of the publication’s staff. A byline is the name of the person who wrote the news story and it is often included in a headline. The lead is a summary of the main points of the story and it may be written by the writer or someone else. It should answer the basic questions of the story: who, what, where, when and why.
An in-depth news article is similar to straight reporting but it is more detailed and researches the subject heavily. It can include interviews with individuals and it should be presented without personal bias. It can also include the history of a topic or an explanation of why something happened or what will happen as a result. The goal of a good news article is to provide enough information for readers to form their own opinion, even if it contradicts yours. This is known as objectivity and it is one of the pillars of journalism.