News is information about current events that is conveyed to the public through different media such as words, printed materials, postal systems, broadcasting, or electronic communication. It focuses on matters of interest to the general public or a particular group such as society, politics, the economy, education, health and sport.
People often make the news, although non-human activities can also generate it. Generally, the most interesting or significant developments get picked up and made into news. Events involving war, government proclamations, royal ceremonies, laws, taxes, and public health are some examples of such topics. Other examples include scandals, controversies, accidents, and natural disasters.
In order to write a good News article, one should consider the 5 W’s (who, what, where, when and why) and find an angle for the story. It is also important to know your audience and publication – for example, an article written for a general newspaper would appeal to a larger audience than one written for a specialized magazine.
A catchy headline that is able to capture the attention of readers will help grab them and make them want to read the article. It should be short and to the point, preferably using Associated Press style guidelines (unless your publication has other standards) and include the main points of the article. The writer should be identified in the byline at the top of the article. If the article includes quotes from other sources, these should be clearly attributed. It’s also a good idea to have an editor or someone else look over the final news article before it is published. This will help weed out any spelling or grammatical errors.