In the modern world, news is delivered through a number of different media, from print to the Internet, from radio to television. As news gets more varied, the line between for-profit and non-profit media has become increasingly blurred.
One of the most common subfields of world news is war journalism. For instance, the United States government may be involved in a war and its impact is considered a national news item. Other stories include global issues, such as terrorism and political scandals.
Another is the impact of social media and the Internet. Social developments such as Twitter have altered consumer behaviour and have led to new opportunities for automated news gathering. A study by Pew Research found that a majority of Americans believe that the Internet has an important role to play in the propagation of news.
One of the most notable innovations of the Internet is its ability to bring breaking news directly to consumers’ fingertips. News on smartphones and other mobile devices is immediate and able to be consumed by the reader without a subscription to a news service. This is particularly useful during times of national emergency.
The telecommunications industry has made it possible for journalists to cover events around the world and report them in real time. This makes the concept of breaking news more palatable for the public.
Several governments impose limits on news coverage based on impartiality and objectivity. There are also news values, professional norms of journalism. These include “Five Ws”: What, Who, When, Where, and Why.