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What Is News?


News is a type of short-form content that focuses on a particular event, issue, or topic. It is generally published immediately after an event, and therefore, must be brief and to the point. Unlike scholarly sources, news is an early stage in the Information Lifecycle. It may include scholarly sources, current events, or historical perspectives.

Soft news is the most popular type of news

Soft news is the most popular type of news today. Its content is not strictly related to politics, but focuses on issues that affect ordinary people. Soft news stories tend to feature female reporters and are often related to art, entertainment, and culture. These stories tend to be more opinionated and less critical than hard news stories. Some media pundits have complained that this is a sign of media effeminization. While many news outlets are increasing their “family news” coverage, others are reducing the amount of hard news stories.

Extreme behaviours are a news value

We can define news values as the aspects of an event or behaviour that are worth reporting. Some of these values are Consonance, Eliteness, Impact, Personalisation, Superlativeness, and Timeliness. Others are based on comparisons.

Violence and scandal are considered news values

News values are often subjective and influenced by a variety of factors. These factors may include content, composition, and expectation. The content of news may also be subject to external influences, such as the media’s use of social media. In addition, the content may be based on real events or fictional characters.

Locality is a news value

A news value is something that can contribute to the newsworthiness of a story or event. There are several types of news values. Some of these values are related to events, while others are related to story types. For instance, composition values are related to the place where a story was published, while co-option values focus on the proximity of an event to a specific media outlet.

Conflicts of interest

One foundational principle of quality journalism is to avoid conflicts of interest. Such conflicts impair the journalist’s objectivity, independence, and fairness. In addition, failing to disclose a conflict can erode public trust and undermine news organization credibility.

Magnitude of stories

The importance of a story is determined by a variety of factors. Stories about a major event that affected a large number of people will have a larger impact on readers than stories that are about an isolated incident that affected only a small number of people. The proximity of a story to a reader’s culture or region will also influence the relevance of a story.