How to Write a News Article


News is information about recent events that have occurred and/or are happening. News is reported in newspapers, magazines and television. It is also communicated through radio and the Internet. News can be about politics, wars, natural disasters, weather, crime, celebrities, or anything else that is going on in the world that affects people. News articles are often written by journalists but can also be written by anyone.

A good headline for a news article will catch the attention of readers and create curiosity. It should be short, concise and informative. It may evoke an emotion such as anger or fear, or it can just simply inform the reader of what the story is about.

Once the main points have been gathered it’s time to start writing the article. It’s important to write the headline and opening paragraph first, so that it appears above the fold (the crease in a newspaper or the part of an online page that is visible before you have to scroll down). This way the most important parts of the news are seen right away.

After the headline and opening paragraph it’s a good idea to start with the most important facts, then add details as you go along. This helps keep the article flowing and keeps the reader engaged. Once the basic facts are outlined you can then move on to adding in additional information such as quotes from interviews or contact details for the people involved in the story. This will help give the article a more personal feel.

In addition to facts and figures it’s a good idea to include any opinions or viewpoints on the subject that are available. This is because it gives the reader a sense of what the writer thinks about the situation and allows them to form their own opinion on it as well.

The nature of what makes news has changed with the introduction of new technologies and social changes. The speed of transmission of news has increased dramatically with the advent of radio and television, as well as the Internet. It has also been impacted by changing consumer demand and by changes in the way people use the media.

The most important factors in determining what is newsworthy are the relevance and timeliness of the event, its significance, and how unusual it is. If something happens that is extremely significant, interesting or unusual it will likely be widely reported in the media. For example, the assassination of a politician will likely be the lead story on a newspaper front page. However, a regular occurrence such as a man getting up in the morning, eating breakfast and taking the bus to work is unlikely to be reported because it is not particularly significant or unusual. However, if he is the oldest person to ever take the bus to work it will be newsworthy. This is because it is extremely rare for someone over 90 to still be driving and therefore very unusual.