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What Is News?

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News is any information that is given to the public in the form of newspapers, magazines, radio and television. It can be either good or bad but the aim of the news media is to inform, educate and entertain.

New and Unusual

A story which is new and unusual is likely to be of interest to a lot of people but it may not be significant or important. For example, a scientist might report that an insect has just been found living on a plant which it had never previously inhabited, although this is a very unusual event and probably only interesting to specialist or enthusiast readers.

Significant and About People

A news story that is about a group of people is often more interesting to the average reader than a story about a single person. A story about a group of people who have been involved in a crime would be far more newsworthy than a story about a group of people who have just had a fight.


A story about a celebrity or a famous person is also more newsworthy than one about a group of people who are just ordinary people. This might be because celebrities or famous people are more often than not the most well-known members of society, and so their appearance on the front page can make a huge difference to the way news is reported.

The value of a story depends on how it meets all five criteria: being new and unusual, being significant and about people, being interesting, being good or bad, and being about something that happened recently.

There are many different kinds of news, from the very brief, to the detailed and historical. They are all useful for people who want to keep up-to-date with what is going on in the world.

They can also be a great help to people who are learning another language. A lot of English news clips are in English, and so they can be a great way to practice your listening skills while also learning about the language.

Choosing the Right News Sources

There is no shortage of news sources on the internet. However, some are more reliable than others. You should choose a news outlet that is reputable and provides good quality news content. This will ensure that you receive the latest and most up-to-date news about the topics that you are interested in, and that you will have access to a wide range of viewpoints on the subject.

For more information on finding reliable news sources, you should check out the news pages at the British Council, and other trusted websites such as Business Insider and Simple Politics. These sites summarize and simplify the news, which makes it easy for students to keep up with the latest news.

As a student, it is important to find a news outlet that is fairly neutral and not biased in any way. It is best to look for a news outlet that covers your local area or a topic of interest that you know about, and it’s always best to watch news clips in your own native language if possible.

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