What Is the Definition of a “news Story”?

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A news story is a factual, prose story for print or broadcast media about a person, place or event answering these five questions: who, what, when, where, why and how. A news story is written in the inverted-pyramid style, giving the most important information first and additional details later.

News writing style is concise without unnecessary adjectives and descriptive language, using short sentences and paragraphs. Information is based on facts from reliable sources, not the writer’s opinion. Especially with newspapers, the reader should be able to grasp essential facts from the first paragraph or two in case space is limited and the story must be cut from the bottom. A newsworthy story is judged by these criteria: Is it new? Is it unusual? Is it interesting or significant? Is it about people?