What Is Newsworthy?


News is a story about something which has happened recently and is of interest to the readers of a newspaper, magazine or radio programme. It could be a war, political upheaval, celebrity scandal, a major sports event or any other development that people would find interesting and important. News articles should always include the facts of the story, rather than opinions or emotional responses. They should answer the questions ‘what, when, who, where and why’ to fully inform the reader.

Often, the importance of a news story is measured by how new it is. Large media sources usually focus on current events because timeliness is a driving force behind audience interest. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that they ignore older events which are still of significance to their audience.

There are many different types of news, and what is considered ‘newsworthy’ is largely determined by the public’s interest in particular topics. For example, a lot of people are interested in a famous person’s career and personal life, so stories about them will make the news. People are also interested in health, so there’s a lot of news about medical developments and hospitals and their services. Politics and government are also a common topic of news, and there is often a huge amount of coverage about crime as well.

In the past, news had to be physically transmitted to a newspaper or radio station in order to be published. But now, with modern technology, the world is constantly connected and the internet has revolutionised how we communicate and gather information. Most people now get their news from online sources such as websites and social media, television and radio, or mobile phone apps. The speed at which a news story can travel and the audience it can reach are both hugely increased by this technological advancement.

A good way to determine whether a news story is worth publishing is to look at how many of the five criteria for a good news story it meets. The five criteria are – new, unusual, interesting, significant and about people.

Another factor which can affect whether a news story is of interest is its impact. A major sporting event, for example, is likely to have a much wider impact than an incident which does not affect the majority of the population.

The final factor which can determine whether a news story is of interest is how interesting it is. People are often interested in quirky or unusual stories, and this is especially true for young people. News stories which are humorous can also prove to be popular with readers. However, it is important to strike a balance between entertaining and informative news. Too much entertainment-based news can lead to stress, fatigue and sleep loss, which can have a detrimental effect on mental health. It’s also important not to believe everything that you read or see on the news, particularly when it comes to online media. Deliberately seeking out news from sources which challenge your views can be a great way to improve your critical thinking skills.