The Nature of News
News has a way of getting into our veins. It’s like a rippling wave – it just doesn’t stop and it’s always changing. We’ve become so fascinated by the pace of change that sometimes news can get so in your face that you can’t take it any more. News bites and news headlines seem to come out of nowhere and you can’t help but click on them, digest them, and then react.
Examples of news are stories about people, places, issues, science, technology, medicine, and more. News can even be about products or businesses – if you haven’t noticed yet. The purpose of this article is to provide an overview of news selection and news interpretation. In general, news selection is the process by which newsworthy events or topics are selected from a wide selection and then presented to news organizations for reporting. News is then interpreted and distributed to viewers, whether it is through print television, or the Internet.
A key aspect of news and its purpose is the fact that it is not primarily a direct representation of public opinion or public policy, unlike fiction and poetry. It is intended to supplement, not to dictate, the readers’ opinions. As a result, journalism has evolved over the years, emphasizing both the importance of accuracy and the need for a diversity of perspectives when formulating stories or selecting data to support the story.