What Makes Newsworthy?


News is information about events, developments and issues happening in the world. It is also a tool for influencing public opinion and behavior, either in positive or negative ways. It can spread communalism on the one hand and preach nationalism on the other hand.

It is generally believed that most news stories must have an element of drama to make them interesting and important to readers, watchers and listeners. This is because people are attracted to things that are unusual or that have a high level of suspense. The drama in a story may come from a clear distinction between good and bad, for example if someone is robbed in a store the story will likely focus on who was robbed (the good guys) and who did the robbing (the bad guys).

The importance of an event or development in relation to its impact on a large number of people is another aspect that makes news worthy. If a new drug causes many people to become ill or die it will be newsworthy. If a stock market crash affects a large number of investors it will also be newsworthy. If a natural disaster affects a large area it will also be newsworthy.

A common misconception is that the only way to get accurate news is to read a certain number of newspapers every day. It is certainly true that there are some advantages to this, but it is also advisable to read news from a variety of sources in order to get a broader view of the world around us. This could include watching a few different news channels on cable television or reading a few different newspaper headlines each day.