News is the information that people read, watch or listen to about events and issues in their daily lives. Whether it is printed in a newspaper, broadcast on TV or posted online, news has to be accurate and truthful. It must also be fair and impartial.
The purpose of News is to inform, educate and entertain its readers, listeners or viewers. This can be achieved through a number of methods – music and drama programs on radio; cartoons and crossword puzzles in newspapers.
Good news reflects the reality of what is happening in the world, and helps people make informed choices. It can help to promote or discourage people from committing crimes, encouraging them to adopt healthier lifestyles or promoting a certain political agenda.
Bad news is often the opposite of good news, causing people to question or criticise what is happening. It can be a sign of social, economic or environmental disaster. It can be the result of a crime, an accident or a disaster caused by natural elements such as floods, bush fires, droughts or earthquakes.
It can also be an example of good news, such as a recovery, a breakthrough, a cure or a win. It can also be part of a news organisation’s agenda, such as the promotion of a particular political viewpoint or commercial interest.