News is information about events that have occurred or are currently occurring. It can be published in a range of media such as newspapers, magazines, radio and TV. It can also be posted online. News reports can be either positive or negative and can affect people’s views of a particular situation or event.
The nature of News can vary between different societies but many common topics are reported. These include war, government, politics, education, the economy and health. Other topics may include natural disasters, celebrity gossip, weather, religion and sport. News often focuses on people, especially when they are famous or have made a mark in the world.
Writing a good News article requires knowing your audience. This will dictate what information to include and how to present it. It is a good idea to start your article with an interesting, ‘above the fold’ headline (a reference to newspaper creases) which draws in the reader and encourages them to read on.
It is important to be aware that News can be biased and that it is important to find a reputable source. One way to do this is to use a news aggregator site which will display a variety of different sources in one place. This will allow you to compare and contrast their viewpoints. When reading a news article, it is also helpful to identify unfamiliar words and idioms. These can be highlighted or written down so that students can look them up in a dictionary later.