Essentially news is communicating information such as when, where,  what or who was involved in often recent events. Very sudden or unexpected events or changes that have occurred quite recently (within minutes or hours) are sometimes referred to as 'breaking news' . 

These events are usually of an extreme nature and relevant to the audience that is tuned in to the source of news.

Who reports the news?

The organisations that report the news are generally referred to as 'The press", this term comes from the early method of mass production of papers that used printing press.  News can be considered a kind of non-fiction story, hence the term news story.  

Occasionally news can originate from individuals reporting, often via social media, on an unusual or extreme out of the ordinary situation. 

News topics

News is typically divided into subtopics related to specific areas of interest. For example astronomy news, bushfire newscyclone news and so forth.

News audience target strategies

News online is sometimes regarded more as entertainment in order to appeal to a wider audience. This often relies on the principles of clickbait in order to bring more views for advertising.

The meaning and philosophy of news

What about the nature and meaning of 'the news' or news in general as a historical concept? How long has the news been around? It may have existed for as long as story telling from small tribes reporting back where they had been on a hunt or gathering expedition. This then leads to how news developed through settlements to industrial societies. Ultimately this leads to the concept of the degree of political bias in reporting of news. 

Importance of news


News is important for a number of reasons within a society. Mainly to inform the public about events that are around them and may affect them. 

Often news is for entertainment purposes too; to provide a distraction of information about other places people are unable to get to or have little influence over. …