What Makes News?

News is anything that people find interesting, that relates to what is happening in the world or in an area of culture. It should be brief so people will read it, clear so they will appreciate it, picturesque so they remember it and accurate so they are guided by its light.

The information that makes it into newspapers or magazines, onto TV news lines-ups or posted on a news Internet site is the decision of people called editors, news directors or news managers. They sift through all the events and issues of the day, taking recommendations from reporters, assistant editors and others within their organizations.

Dramatic situations are more likely to make it into a news story than non-dramatic ones. For example, if you rob a convenience store it will become news because there is an element of drama in the situation and good and bad people are clearly identifiable in the story.

Weather: The weather affects the lives of everyone in some way. It can be dramatic with unusually high or low temperatures, rain or snow, and it can also be boring with average or normal weather.

Food and drink: Whether rich or poor, we all want enough to eat and drink, so stories about what is in the supermarket, shortages and gluts, prices of food and drinks, health and well-being are newsworthy.

Entertainment: Music, dance, theatre, cinema and carving keep us informed of what is new in the arts. It is also newsworthy to know who is performing and where.

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