As an information source, news is current, quickly written, sometimes has an editorial process (for fact checking and content presentation), can be primary or secondary, can be biased, and is not always accurate. It is invaluable as a discovery tool. It captures the conversation around an event or topic, often pointing to original source material, policies, and organizations that can be used as clues to further your research. There are many avenues by which we absorb the news. Some are freely accessible and others are fee-based. Here are a few to get you started.
Caution: Be critical. Evaluate what you're reading!