News is information about events or activities that are currently happening. It can be delivered orally, in writing or by electronic media. It can also be recorded in history, such as in a book or film. People have always sought out the news in one form or another, but in modern times technology has greatly increased the speed and scope of its dissemination.
A news article usually begins with a brief introduction, followed by a list of important facts. Afterwards, additional details or quotes may be added to give more information. The main facts are often stated in order of importance, with the most significant at the top of the list. This is called “above the fold” in newspapers, but this technique is also used on the Internet.
Generally, the most interesting or significant events make the news, but this is not always the case. For example, an assassination is newsworthy but it may have already been reported in yesterday’s papers. However, if there are new facts about the assassination or if the event has never been reported before it can still be news.
Similarly, famous people and their lives are often newsworthy. This is especially true if they do things that are unusual or out of the ordinary. People are also interested in stories about the weather, crops and food. Many people are also concerned about their health, so they read stories about traditional remedies, medical research, diseases, hospitals and clinics. Sex is also an area of interest in some societies and is sometimes even newsworthy when it involves behaviour that is not generally accepted.