How to Write News

News are events that are interesting and/or significant to people. They can be about anything from a new product or company announcement to a political scandal. News can be reported on in any way that makes it accessible to an audience. The elements that make a news story are: what, who, when, where and why. The content of the news may differ from society to society, but how it is judged remains the same. For example, a bug invading crops might be a concern to peasant farmers, but the same bug could have no significance to someone in another country.

The first paragraph of a news article is usually known as the “lede” or the “nut graph.” It must grab readers’ attention and provide them with important information immediately. A good lede often involves a dramatic anecdote or a surprising fact. The nut graph then sets the stage for the rest of the news story by answering the questions: what, who, when, where and how.

A journalist’s job is to report the facts of a story without personal bias. The news story should be unbiased and accurate and provide insights that will help readers make informed decisions. A news article should be written so that readers can engage with the information, be brief enough to read, clear enough to understand and picturesquely enough to remember. It should also be able to stand alone or be followed up with additional research or interviews.