The Borderline Between Celebrity Gossip and Hard News

Facing a celebrity gossip, no matter how big or small, is part of the glitz and glamour of being a celebrity. As celebrities are known personas, it is just normal for people to be interested in all the happenings of their lives, even the tiniest bit of issue regarding them.

Gossip may be thought of as merely news regarding popular personalities. However, there is a line that separates and borders the two. In several angles, celebrity gossip differs from news.

News is basically defined as anything about matters, events and happenings that are currently taking place. These are presented in papers, live television and radio broadcast, internet and the most basic of all, word of mouth.

Celebrity gossip comes in the same form – papers, broadcast, internet and word of mouth. However, gossips are more observable through the internet and word of mouth unlike straight news which is more apparent in live broadcast and newspapers. Also, gossips only talk about more particular issues as they are specific towards popular personalities only. News, on the other hand, cater on anything under the sun starting from current events, politics, environment, art, music, changes and developments on various fields such as technology, medicine, entertainment and many more.

The most significant difference of the two falls on their contents: news is a factual report, while gossips are not. News, as far as responsible journalism is concerned, only contains verified information. In contrast, gossips may contain unverified reports and information. Oftentimes, reports and gossips on celebrities are simply hear-say and speculation.
Today, celebrity gossips are often brought to surface through the unstaged celebrity photographs taken by paparazzi. In most cases, rumors and speculation start from the malicious photographs posted over the internet. As the discussion grows, the talk spreads and evolves into what we know as rumor or gossip.

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