News is information about current events, often containing factual details and interviews. It is often delivered in a fast-paced format and must be accurate. When writing News it is important to consider the audience. Asking yourself the five W’s (who, what, where, when and why) will help you write an article that people want to read.
A good News article will begin with an interesting headline that catches the reader’s attention. In journalism jargon this is called a lede. The article should then answer any questions that readers might have right away. It is also important not to include your own opinions and instead focus on the facts of the story. The inverted pyramid style of writing (putting the most critical information at the beginning and then building the story with each paragraph) is useful for a News article as it ensures that the most important information is seen first and encourages people to keep reading.
There are many things that can be classified as News, but what makes something newsworthy is usually based on how important or significant it is. A man waking up, eating breakfast and going to work on the bus may not be interesting or unusual, but if it is the last time he will be doing it it could be considered News. An insect that has been found living on a plant which it has never previously eaten is also not likely to be News, but if this new plant is important for feeding the world it will probably make the news.