News is typically information regarding current affairs. This can be given through a variety of mediums: printing, radio, television, postal systems, wire services, online publishing, or by the spoken testimony of witnesses and commentators on various events. It could also be informal news regarding sports events, which are usually in the form of reports from sports channels, sports newspapers, or the accounts of other sports enthusiasts and sport administrators. A recent example of news would be the explosion of the internet, which has given rise to the worldwide phenomenon of online news.
A notable feature of news is that it must be credible, objective, and well-informed. The news should be presented in a simple, understandable, and professional manner. Credibility of news outlets is often verified by checking their references and credentials such as the issuing of licenses and certifications. Sources of news should also be repeatedly checked to verify their existence and credibility. Reliability of sources is highly subjective. Thus, the degree of objectivity and reliability of any news item would depend on its particular source.
Information in the news could also include an element of opinion. For example, a news story about political turmoil or major political news could be criticized as expressing an opinion or offering an opinion. If some people are extremely critical of a certain government policy or action, the news media organization could be forced to run negative stories about the subject or have their reputation severely damaged. However, criticism should not be used as a way of changing societal norms and public policies. Criticism could only serve to alert the public about problems that they may not have been aware of otherwise.