Print media (newspapers and magazines), broadcast news (radio and television), and the Internet are examples of this (online newspapers, news blogs, news videos, live news streaming, etc.). History is full of famous news stories that have become world-renowned casualties of war or injustice.
All three media use facts from real life to explain what's happening in the world and why it matters. News is information about current events that people want to know about. Editors select what story will be told by which newspaper or magazine, on which page with which headline, and how they will tell it. They often pick something that will attract attention because it is shocking or entertaining.
Current events include political elections, sports matches, music festivals, and more. Important events in history range from world wars and coronations to natural disasters and revolutionary changes of government.
People want to know what's going on in the world and their lives will usually reflect this desire. Some people will be excited by a new football season or movie release while others will be sad to see it end. There will always be something newsworthy happening around us.
The media's job is to report these events and issues truthfully and accurately, without editorial comment. This allows readers/viewers to make up their own minds about what they find interesting or not.
Media sources have responded to Americans' growing reliance on television and the Internet by making news even more accessible to them. Print, broadcast, and the Internet are the three primary categories of news media. Other kinds of media include film, data discs (CDs), tapes, and books.
Print is in wide use today because it provides extensive coverage of subjects that interest people. Newspapers are published daily or weekly, and they often have the widest distribution of any media source. Magazines are published monthly or quarterly, and they usually cover topics such as current events, sports, entertainment, and science. Newsletters are published regularly and address specific interests within particular communities; for example, a car enthusiast might subscribe to Motor Trend or Automobile Magazine. Blogs, online journals that are updated frequently and with much detail, are also considered print media.
Broadcast media include radio and television. Radio broadcasts can be heard with a microphone attached to an amplifier located near where you want the sound to go. Television signals travel through the air to small boxes called antennas that transmit them to homes where they are received by cable or satellite systems. Most televisions receive at least one local channel provided by a station located nearby that displays advertising messages and local programming. The number of channels available in different cities varies depending on the provider.
"News" is defined as "information published in newspapers and aired on radio and television on current happenings in the country, the world, or a specific field of activity." The word comes from the Latin novus, meaning "new."
In journalism, news is information that has not yet been published or broadcast. News includes reports written by journalists about events that have already taken place. Editors select which stories should be included in a newspaper or magazine. At its most basic, news is anything that happens at any time that you might want to read about it later.
For example, an editor for a newspaper may decide that it is important to include news about local schools in their area paper. So, they would cover topics such as school openings and closings, student activities, sports teams, etc. This would be considered news coverage.
If the same editor decided that it was also important to include news about national politics, they could do so by reporting on bills before Congress, presidential appointments, political conventions, and election results. This would be considered news analysis.
Editors must be careful not to publish rumors or unfounded facts as if they were true. For example, someone might claim that President Obama was going to start making students write an essay before being allowed to vote in elections.
Newspapers and magazines are the most prevalent print media, but print media also includes outdoor billboards, transit posters, the yellow pages, and direct mail. Print media is any material printed for distribution to the public. It can be in book form, such as a newspaper or magazine; on paper, such as postal stamps or flyers; or on other materials, such as T-shirts or bus tickets.
Newspapers are published daily and cover news from all over the world. They often include articles about national politics, sports events, entertainment news, and local events. Some newspapers have international scope and contain articles about news from around the globe. Others are limited to their own city or state. The term "newsworthy" is used to describe events that people want to read about and therefore put out newspapers to report on them.
Magazines are published monthly or quarterly and focus on subjects such as fashion, science, history, politics, and entertainment. They often include articles about current affairs, but some magazines focus exclusively on fiction (e.g., fantasy novels, romance stories), others focus exclusively on non-fiction (e.g., how-to books, medical journals). Like newspapers, magazines often include articles about national and global affairs, though they may not always do so.