What Is World News?

World News, also known as international news or foreign coverage, is a journalistic field that deals with news outside of the local or national scope of a newspaper or broadcaster. It includes news from other countries or global topics such as war, peace and climate change. In the past, there was a clear distinction between world news and national news, but in modern times it has become more of a blurred line as the internet and advances in telecommunications make it easier for journalists to report on events around the globe.

The field of world news began with the courants of the 17th century in Europe. These papers, aimed at traders and merchants, brought news from other markets, often from far-flung areas. The arrival of innovations like the telegraph shortened the time it took to send and receive these reports. In the 19th and early 20th centuries, major news agencies were founded like AP (U.S.), Reuters and AFP (France). These organizations prepared hard news stories and feature articles that were then sold to other newspapers, or sometimes directly to individuals, corporations, analysts and intelligence agencies.

As the world becomes more interconnected, many people are concerned with issues that affect everyone. The news media can inform and engage citizens in the process of learning about these problems and how to address them.

Whether it is an earthquake in the Philippines or the India state election, world news impacts lives around the world. The most important aspect of the news media is to deliver facts about these events to the public, in a fair and objective way.

Some people are more interested in world news than others, but no matter what, everyone should be informed about the current happenings of our world. The NBC News team strives to bring you accurate and unbiased information about the world we live in.

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