Making The Most Of Your News Reading
In order to be fully informed a person must be constantly updated with the latest news and current affairs. As a result of the rapidity of modern life, it is not always easy to keep abreast with the latest in world affairs. News broadcasting has become an essential element of our communications, both within and outside the traditional media. It can be said that without news, we would soon become an inert mass, a society of people not engaged in any particular activity.
News makes news – this is the simple truth. News can be both factual and non-fiction, depending on the venue. According to Oxford Dictionary, News is ‘The event or progress of a general or specific matter, espousing change.’ A newspaper or a radio programme usually comprised of reports on current events. A news report, as in a newscast or a printed article, as in any magazine, is designed to inform readers.
So, what are the characteristics of newsworthy items that make them newsworthy? News is of two types: serious and entertainment. The former touches upon current affairs, while the latter deals with fun and entertainment. The major difference lies in the fact that entertainment is subjective while serious news deals with facts, which readers and listeners can agree upon. Thus, different newspapers and radio stations provide different kinds of entertainment and news.
Some of the most interesting events are of an extraordinary nature and thus it attracts a lot of attention from all those who can afford to watch or read it. This is precisely why an ordinary person can get interested in it and can make news stories out of it. For example, an act of violence in a foreign country makes news, while footage of an iceberg that broke off the coast of South Africa would not be of interest to people who do not know anything about those events in any way.
By means of this unique ability of the human species, different news items make news. In this way, a breaking news report will interest people who are watching the news. Similarly, it makes sense to hear about a big accident taking place in your city because you might get interested and check it out for your self. In this way, even if you are not a journalist, you can be made aware of unusual happenings and this is just the beginning.
When you read in the local news, you may have to take some time to process and digest the content before you can follow it and get to know about it further. However, you should not just focus on the local news only. Every day, there is a high chance that something unusual is going to strike your city or your neighborhood. Even if you do not personally need to know about any particular event or not pay much attention to the local news, you may still want to keep yourself abreast with the more popular international news. You can then make use of the news that you like most and keep the others on the backburner.