News is something someone doesn't want printed. All else is advertizing.
— William Randolph Hearst
afflicting the comfortable, comforting the afflicted! aka - all the news that's fit to print!
"Maybe, just once, someone will call me 'sir' without adding, 'you're making a scene."
-Homer J. Simpson
I was reading an article about The Guardian's hit job on Julian Assange and saw this quote. It is the best explanation of what news is that I have ever seen and it comes from someone who was clearly an expert.
It reminds me of Dan Rather's answer to the following question, from Reddit.com:
Rather: well the 24-hour news cycle has contributed to what I call the 'trivialization of the news' - quick hits, at best, little depth, context or perspective. Too much in-studio, programs not enough in the field. It's cheaper, less controversial and of course less substantive. Investigative journalism is expensive, and causes discomfort with the powerful. And that's the reason the amount of investigative journalism is shrinking and not expanding. What CNN just did with its investigative unit has been happening in journalism for awhile.
Rather is correct. The new player who may make a difference (in English -- they clearly are in other languages) is Al Jazeera. Many of their reporters can from the BBC's cost cutting. Recently they have been doing some real investigative journalism. The best example I have seen is their investigation into Arafat's death. It's pretty clear they have put a lot of money into that effort.
It also fits the definition "information not previously known to the reader"
He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lamp-posts... for support rather than illumination.
— Andrew Lang (1844-1912)