The News – How it Works (Part 1)
News is anything from the ordinary to the incredible. From the news we learn everyday about the natural forces around us to the huge and often unexpected events that impact our world, news is everything that makes life interesting. News is something that people discuss; sometimes without even knowing they are talking about the latest news story. From these broad definitions all the different aspects of news can be easily understood.
There are a lot of factors that contribute to the making of news. These factors can be political, technological, geological or environmental and can last for a day, a week or even months. Every day in Pakistan there is a new and unusual story that has been made public domain. Some of these stories are reported by major newspapers while others are newsworthy but remain unpublished for one reason or another. All in all, there are many different types of sources and angles that make up news and some of these sources are quite unusual.
The most common types of news stories are ones that are made public domain and therefore get circulated far and wide. This could be about the latest international airport security, an important case being heard in a court or any number of environmental reports that challenge the environmental state of our world today. In fact, one of the most famous examples of this is the filming of Al Gore’s film on global warming. This newsworthy event made front page news all around the world. While the film was ultimately a commercial flop, it did have an impact on the public psyche and Al Gore has turned into one of the most prominent environmentalist and environmental speakers of modern times.
Another common type of story that gets reported everywhere is that of a public figure. For example, a politician or a celebrity can make news stories that can influence people’s opinion about an issue. Public figures who speak out in support of environmental causes for example can make themselves stand out in front of the public. Similarly, politicians who seek the popular vote and campaign to make sure their party is successful can also cause public uproar.
Of course, there are many other types of news stories that get produced every day. A piece of sports news will often be picked up and reported widely. A piece of business news can also make headlines. A piece of crime news may also receive extensive attention. As you can see, the news is ever changing.
Regardless of what type of news story makes the headlines, the ultimate goal for any journalist is to make newsworthy pieces available to readers. In essence, a news story is a story that informs the general public. As such, the ultimate responsibility of any journalist is to relay the correct and complete information to readers. In doing so, the news is presented in an informative way. Therefore, when a journalist chooses to report on any given subject, he or she not only puts the story in the best light possible but also provides education to readers about the subject.