I am not a native speaker of English. If there are many news, we say "there are some news", but what if there is only one "item of news"?

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    In English we construe "news" or "the news" as singular, even if we have in mind multiple separate items of news. Hence, we say "There is some news," "The news is bad today," and "The news about the invasion is on the front page." When we refer to a single item of news, we may call it a "story," a "report," or a "piece of news," among many other possibilities.
    – Sven Yargs
    Commented May 11, 2014 at 20:03

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We never say that there are many or some news. News, though it looks like a plural; it means new information and like information it is a singular, uncountable noun. It has no plural. We say There is much news or There is some news (about something).

A single 'piece' of news on a single topic is usually a news item or a news story, sometimes a piece—but with piece we are usually speaking of the written or spoken account by a particular journalist.


I usually describe it as a news item or item of news.

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