The Evolution of News


The evolution of news has been marked by changes in its form and function over time. Before the printing press, news was primarily in factual form. With the invention of newspapers, news took on a more emotional tone. Despite this, private newsletters remained popular among those who needed to be informed. In the early 1600s, the first newspapers appeared in Germany. While the Relation aller Furnemmen und gedenckwurdigen Historien is considered to be the first formalized ‘newspaper’, its function predates the Ancient Roman acta diurna, which served the same purpose in 131 BC.

Content analysis of news values

A new study has revealed the importance of opening section in news stories. The opening section of a news story can determine the newsworthiness of a piece. Besides a story’s content, the opening section can affect the reader’s interest. Therefore, news values cannot be explained only by a theory. In addition, arbitrary factors may also influence the news value. For instance, a story may be dropped last minute, or the same story may be rewritten and published elsewhere.

Despite this complexity, content analysis of news values provides a useful framework for evaluating news stories. This framework is especially useful for journalists and media professionals. Its importance in our mediated society cannot be overstated. This approach has a wide range of applications. It has been used to measure the importance of different kinds of news, from breaking news to a satire column.

Influences on selection of news

The influences on the selection of news are numerous and vary widely. They include the media itself, opinion leaders, and other factors. In some cases, selection takes place at every step of the information transmission process. For example, individual journalists may choose stories based on political affiliation, lack of skill, or personal orientation.

In many media, the influence of special interests on news selection is a powerful force. These groups generally have sufficient knowledge of relevant issues and policies, which gives them an advantage in influencing the selection of news.

Sources of news

A journalist can get news from many sources. Some reporters monitor news stations or agencies for news stories. Other reporters get news through press releases that reach newspaper offices. Press releases are then passed on to reporters, who write about them. Another way to get news is through telephone calls. Journalists can also call news agencies, which then pass them on to reporters.

News is widely available online, but some sources have a political slant. For example, Facebook and Twitter have both been implicated in recent fake news stories. But social media has become an integral part of news consumption, with Pew Research finding that 62% of adults in the US get their news from Facebook.