People have found creative ways to share information since the beginning of civilization using the tools available to them at the time. Information gives us knowledge and knowledge empowers us to make better decisions, be aware of dangers and opportunities learn new ways to be safer, happier, and smarter. Now technology gives us real-time access to stories happening everywhere from our neighborhoods to right across the globe, connecting us to our communities and the rest of the world. But this technology comes at a price. Everywhere we look, someone is trying to capture our attention with the latest headline, celebrity gossip, or ad campaign. It can feel overwhelming. How do you know what to read, what to ignore, or who to believe? Here we explore the world of news to find out how stories become headlines, the role of journalists, and the different ways that issues are reported. All with the aim of helping you and I become smarter consumers of all the information that’s out there. With all this talk of fake news, we’ll take a look at why it is so important to have real and trustworthy news sources. But first what is news? News is information about recent events or recently changed situations. The news has a variety of purposes. It can be things that inform us interest us or even prepare us. And you can find it in newspapers, radio, TV, online, and increasingly on social media.