News, the First Non-Fiction Medium
The news can be divided into two main categories: factual and entertainment. For the factual category, the news is news that is completely accurate and up-to-date. Examples of factual news include news of natural disasters or criminal activity. In entertainment news, the focus is more on reporting stories for entertainment purposes than to inform the public. Good examples of entertainment news include celebrity news, sports, and game results.
Both of these categories of news are important to a wide variety of people, from those who need quick facts to those who simply want to be entertained. In addition to newspapers and television news broadcasts, many people rely on Internet sources such as blogs and social networking sites to get the latest news. Blogs and social networking sites are popular because they are fast and easy to update, allowing readers to post new information instantaneously. Many people use this source to keep in touch with friends and family members. When combined with traditional forms of mass media, news from the Internet can reach millions of people at once.
In recent years, newspapers have largely replaced their news sections with online databases of local news. Although the goal of newspapers is to provide readers with as much current information as possible, some newspaper editors worry that the loss of news will lead readers to lose faith in traditional media as a whole. Newsgathering has become part of the general news category on many websites. In fact, many newspapers have created newsletters, available through email or RSS, in order to supplement their traditionally published news feeds.