News is a report of events that affects people or impacts the way they live. It can be about war, politics, the environment, health or education. It can also be about entertainment and sports, and business or economic news. News may be reported in newspapers, magazines, radio, TV or the internet. People have transported and distributed news for thousands of years. It has become more widespread with the development of technology. Many countries have state-run or private media, with international news channels such as Al Jazeera and China Central Television having large global audiences.
The main purpose of news is to inform and educate. It can also entertain but this should be secondary to ensuring that the news is well written and presented. People want to know what is happening in the world and news providers need to understand their audience. This can help them decide which stories are of interest and how to present them.
Some people believe that it is impossible to have a completely objective view of the news. They argue that the prejudices of journalists and news outlets influence what is considered important enough to be a story and how it is presented. This view is called the Mirror Model or the Professional Model.
It is not always possible to get unbiased news but there are many websites that evaluate sources of information on a regular basis. They provide lists of trustworthy and untrustworthy news sources. It is advisable to read news from different sites and sources so that you have a range of viewpoints on any particular topic.