News is information about current events, developments and issues that affect people’s daily lives. It includes local, national and international news. It can also cover politics, crime, culture, science, education, health and weather. News is important because it keeps the public up to date with what’s going on in the world around them. It can also influence their opinions and decisions.
Writing a news article requires extensive research to gather accurate and up to date information. You must then decide what to include in the article and in which order. In journalism school they teach a rule called “the inverted pyramid” where the most important information (who, what, where, when, why) goes first and then you add more detail as you get closer to the end of the story.
You must also be sure to avoid jargon and acronyms. If you have to use them, always write them out in full on the first reference. For example, say ‘Dr Jones uses this equipment to study malaria’ rather than’malaria studies’. Also, avoid using too many adjectives – they can make the piece seem overblown and unrealistic.
Always read your article over once before submitting it for publication. It’s helpful to have someone else read it too, so they can spot spelling and grammar mistakes you might have overlooked. They can also help you trim down awkward sentences and improve the clarity of the article. It’s also a good idea to have your editor look over the article before it’s published.