The Impact Of News On Society
News is what someone somewhere needs to suppress; everything else is promotion. Put it very briefly in front of them so that they can read it, quite briefly so that they can appreciate it, quite briefly so that they can remember it and most importantly, accurately so that they can be guided by its message. What’s more newsworthy nowadays is all about breaking news. We have heard about kidnappings, mass shoot outs, terrorist attacks, natural disasters and much more. All these things grab the headlines and all these things make the newspapers and television stations and websites and magazines all the more interesting.
However, most people are interested in current events and they want to know about what’s happening in their locality, in their city, in their country and around the world. They want to know about the latest in sports, politics, business, crime and all such relevant things. In this context, news coverage becomes important. It’s not just enough to report on the latest happenings, to be considered good news; rather, a journalist must have the knack to translate his or her understanding of the situation into clear and concise news that the general public can understand. In other words, a good journalist must be able to catch hold of the pulse of the people and then he or she can play his or her role to the fullest in broadcasting this information to the world.
Current news values have undergone quite a metamorphosis over time. Newspapers used to publish news only on rare occasions, like the Independence Day. But today newspapers, TV channels and even social networking sites, such as Facebook, have become the main source of information for millions of people all over the world. Everyone seems to be glued to the daily headlines and all of them seem to have a story that is worth reporting. It’s not just about the stories themselves, but the way that they are reported on and what the readers see as being newsworthy.
A major portion of the mass media is now devoted to journalism. In fact, many newspapers, especially those abroad, have turned into complete multimedia platforms. Television news and other media organizations have followed suit. This is because they realize that to succeed in the business of journalism, it’s much better to have a well-assembled team of reporters and correspondents than it is to have a group of freelance journalists reporting whatever comes their way.
However, making news is not simply a question of talent and skill. Today there are many tools that make journalism easier and more sophisticated than ever before. And, perhaps it’s the digital revolution – the ability to read and watch news wherever and whenever you can – that has had the greatest personal impact on the profession of journalism. The development of digital news formats made it possible for smaller teams of journalists to gather data and arrange their reports in a quick and efficient manner.
Even if there are some shortcomings of the mass media that leave some people feeling disillusioned, the overall impact of the profession has proven its worth time and again. The impact of good journalism can make a real difference in the lives of real people, and no one should take that for granted. Whether it’s local news or international news that makes the big difference, the bottom line is this: When a story is well-collected, it reaches a wide audience, and that audience becomes part of the human population. Whether it’s the breaking news that makes a difference or the personal interest that makes a difference, the end result is the same.