News vs Information
This is the age of information and we are bombarded with tons of information everyday. News, on the other hand, is specific information that is a communication in the form of print or electronic media. We all know about newspapers and read them every morning or whenever we get time. They are a collection of facts and information about recent happenings though newspapers also have sections where precise information about various subjects is also presented to the readers. There are many who find the dichotomy between news and information confusing as they do not find any differences. This article will attempt to find out these differences so as to enable people to identify a piece as news or information when they get or receive it.
The word news is considered to have evolved from the word new. So any information about an incident, event, occasion, mishap, disaster, or even financial results of a company are considered to be pieces of news. You must have seen captions of breaking news running at the bottom of news channels on TV where they carry information about any event that is taking place at the same instant that another program is being beamed on your screen. Many times, broadcast of regular programs is stopped and breaking news told to the audiences if it is considered to be very important for the viewers.
When you are on a railway station and do not have a clue regarding the timing of the train for your destination, you head towards the information desk where the person answers all your queries as he provides the information that you are looking for. Similarly in a classroom, all the knowledge that a teacher imparts to his students is basically in the form of information that is meant to clear the concepts in the minds of the students.
Difference Between News and Information
• News is presentation of facts about an event or incident that has just taken place or is taking place whereas information is general and is not that urgent
• News is meant to make people aware of their surroundings, people, and events taking place whereas information is regular pieces of facts that do not change with time.