How to Write Good News


News is the communication of current events, information and stories to the general public through various media channels. It plays a vital role in educating the public about local, national and global events that affect their daily lives. News also provides a forum for debate on important issues, as well as a source of entertainment.

Whether it’s a story about a crime, a business development, or a weather event, there are some key elements that make good news. Ideally, your news story should be interesting, accurate, and brief. It should also be easy to read. If a reader has to scroll through multiple paragraphs of dense text, they may lose interest and stop reading altogether.

To write a news story, start with a compelling lead. This is the first sentence of your article and should contain all of the ‘five Ws and H’ (who, what, where, when, why, how). Then add more detail in subsequent paragraphs. This structure is known as the inverted pyramid and is a standard in journalism schools.

While it is important to be factual in your writing, you should try not to inject too much of your own opinion into the news. It is also often better to let the people in your story do the talking. Interviewing them or using quotes from their public statements can be a great way to add an extra layer of credibility to your news story. Then, you can be confident that your audience has all of the facts and will come to their own conclusions.