News is the general report of events and happenings which influence our lives. This may include the recent financial crisis, natural disasters or outbreaks of diseases. News is generally informal in nature and refers to an article that provides the general content on any given topic. It does not attempt to make any judgment on the matter at hand and is more like a description or a forecast of what could happen next. It does not form an opinion or a verdict and is more of a colloquial way of summarizing the events and what has happened with the use of language.
The term news is now widely used and its usage varies across different disciplines and industries. For instance news is used within published outputs of news media as well as in the social and digital domains like the internet and blogging. Some news agencies specialize in providing specific news or political perspective on specific topics within a topic or niche. For instance the news program CNN has been in India covering the Indian elections from mid-term. Such is the power of news that it can influence large socio-economic and political change and movements.
There are also many online news sources and blogs that publish hard news that is critical of both the government and corporations. This is the level of hard news that challenges the power of corporate power and globalization. Such is the impact of hard news that it is fast emerging as one of the important factors of public engagement and opinion shaping in both the developed and developing world.