The field of journalism that deals with the dissemination of information about global events. The most prominent subfield is international or world reporting (often referred to as “foreign” coverage in American media), which encompasses the work of foreign correspondents and journalists on special assignment abroad, as well as the reporting of international news agencies.
Typical world news stories include international politics, business, sports and the arts. However, there are also significant numbers of world news stories in the realm of health, religion and technology.
Most of the major news organizations, such as the Associated Press, Agence France-Presse and New York Times have their own overseas bureaus, while others use satellite and radio networks to cover their global operations. Among the most prestigious of these organizations is the National Geographic Society, which has several television stations and a worldwide network of reporters, photographers and editors.
In the United States, there is a growing number of independent or non-profit news outlets that focus on world and national news. These often use online and social media to connect with readers, and sometimes even have their own television shows and print products.
Some of these are highly successful, while others have become a relic from a bygone era. One of the more popular non-profit news organizations is a small group called Foreign Policy magazine.
The most important and obvious function of world news is to inform the public about what is happening in their country or in other countries around the globe. This is best done through a series of articles, photos and videos that provide a detailed and in-depth view of the local situation and its effects on the wider world.