An Introduction to News
News is the information about current affairs. This can be given through a variety of media: print, electronic, postal, broadcasting, wire-line, or by the oral testimony of witnesses and analysts to major events and news. In technical terms, news can be either “real-time” or ” archived,” that is, it is current as far as the reader or the viewer is concerned. For example, if someone is reporting on a new car that just came onto the market, he or she will almost certainly note this in the news, as opposed to keeping it in his or her notebook, or in the briefcase of a top researcher.
One of the most distinctive characteristics of news is the timeliness with which it comes into the public consciousness. Even when something major happens on the news, such as a earthquake or floods in a certain region, people are often capable of getting the news from other sources before others get the news. For instance, local television stations will usually broadcast a special weather report a day or two ahead of time. The same thing goes for radio stations. When an important announcement is made by the President of the United States or any other world leader, it is quickly reported by various news agencies and networks.
A major part of what makes news is the way it is covered. While a story might get some attention, like in the case of breaking news, the reader should also be kept informed as much as possible. A newspaper, for example, might have local and national news columns where one can find breaking news, the latest in weather, and other such information. While these sources do provide some news, they often only give a small amount of information. For the same amount of coverage, one can obtain many Internet sources, which give up to the minute information on just about every subject under the sun.