News is information about current events that has been obtained quickly and accurately, presented in a way that is understandable and interesting, and which is not misleading. It can be transmitted through all forms of media, including newspapers, radio and television. News should never be dull. It is important to keep up with current events, not only because they may affect you personally but also because news provides an opportunity for discussion about the world around you.
To write a good news article, it is necessary to ask the “5 W’s”: who, what, where, why and when. This will help you determine the most important facts of the story and focus your writing. It is also a good idea to include follow up information, which could be additional facts, quotes from interviews or opinions of others about the topic.
Generally, News stories are about people. However, they can also be about non-human events, such as cyclones, bush fires, floods and volcanic eruptions. It is the human reaction to these events that makes them newsworthy.
Other human activity that is newsworthy includes politics and government – decisions made by elected officials may impact you directly or indirectly. This type of news is often controversial and can be upsetting. For kids, some of this type of news can be scary or overwhelming. This is why it’s also important to have kid-friendly news sources that make serious news more digestible for kids.