What is News?


News is information about current events which is important to a community. It is usually given out by newspapers, radio or television. It may also be posted on websites and social media. The main purpose of news is to inform and educate. It is not necessarily to entertain, though some stories may be humorous.

Most news is about people and what they do. This can include crime, war and peace, weather, the economy, agriculture, education, health, fashion and sports. It can also be about natural disasters such as floods, bush fires and earthquakes. People are interested in stories about famous people, especially if they fall from grace, lose their wealth or get into trouble with the law.

In many societies people are also interested in what is going on in other parts of the world. This is partly because of the ease with which news can be transmitted across the globe. The internet and mobile phones have also changed the way we receive and share news.

It is often best to read a range of news sources so that you have a well-rounded picture of what is happening in the world. It is also important to check that the information you are receiving is factual. There are websites which check the facts of news stories and give you a rating of how trustworthy they are. It is also a good idea to use reputable news agencies such as the BBC, which have reporters in most countries and are among the first to report on major stories.