1. Are you very interested in the news?
2. Why do you want to know the latest news?
3. How important is it to you to get the news every day?
4. What sort of news are you most interested in?
5. How do you usually find this news?
6. Do you prefer to read newspapers or watch TV to get your news?
7. Do you ever get your news from the internet?
8. Do you (often/ever) read newspapers?
9. What sections of the newspaper do you usually read?
10. Do you think newspapers are important?
11. Besides newspapers, what are some other ways people get news?
12. How important do you think the news is?
13. Which do you think is more important, domestic news or international news?
14. Would you say the news affects your life very much?
15. Are old people and young people interested in the same news? (Why?/Why not?)Yes, I’m really fond of getting news from various sources because I just want to make myself better informed about the world.
It’s very important for me to know what happened in the domestic and international events.
I’m more interested in foreign cultures. I like to learn about their religions, customs, and the foods they eat. Occasionally, foreign news interests me, too. I really like reading scientific related news.
Normally I read news from TV news programmes, which are very convenient and updated; but if I’m too busy to watch TV, I’ll read news from the Internet in my mobile phone.
Well, if I have free time at home, I’d like to watch the news and editorials in the TV with my family; whereas you know, it takes time for the newspaper to publish so the news are always not so updated.
Yes, it’s very convenient for me to get news from internet such as mobile phone. The news apps usually send me the most urgent notifications to me so it keeps me posted.
Not very often. Newspaper always take time to get published so that they are not so updated. Besides, I have to go to the kiosks and spend money to buy newspapers. It’s quite troublesome.
I always read news in the politics section because I’m interested in political events happened in the domestic and abroad.
Yes, newspapers are very important in current society because they are still the most important medium for understanding the world. They deliver the most urgent and valuable news to the audience so that readers can know what happens in the current world.
Well, besides newspapers, people can get news by many other sources, such as TV programmes, radio, and Internet, which can all cater for the different kinds of people.
I believe news is very critically important because without regular access to news, most people would be unaware of the various events taking place, both locally and around the world, that have an impact on their lives.
I believe that domestic news is more important than international ones because it’s closer to home, and affects me more.
News very much effects my life. If the news is bad, for example, which much of it is at present, considering the economic downturn etc., then I start to feel depressed about losing my job and how I’m going to pay the bills.
No, I guess old people are interested in different kinds of news from young people, such as political news, etc, because they have a greater interest in protecting their benefit programmes, from medicare to social security; whereas young person might be interested in the latest teen fashion, sports events.
TYPES OF JOURNALISM AND MEDIA
news on television or radio
written news in newspapers, magazines, etc.
news on the internet
a new expression describing the kind of journalism based on images, audio and reports sent in to news groups by ordinary members of the public who witnessed events
media groups which are not controlled by the government
newspapers (traditionally larger in size) which generally contain serious reports and analyses of news
newspapers (usually smaller than broadsheets) which contain lighter stories and focus more on entertainment and gossip
24 hour news channels
stations which provide news all day and night
COMMON JOURNALISM LANGUAGE
to cover a story
to report on an event or development
in-depth coverage of
a thorough analysis of
to check that something is correct
descriptions of what happened by people who actually saw an event take place
news which is just coming in
how many copies of a newspaper are sold each day or each week
the money a firm makes by selling space to other firms to advertise their products
Types of Newspapers
tabloids = gossip newspapers
broadsheets = newspapers printed on large sheets which are usually considered more serious
daily / weekly / monthly newspapers = papers printed once a day / once a week / once a month
quarterly newspapers = newspapers printed once every 3 months
heavy newspaper = a newspaper with serious content
gutter press = newspapers which focus on sensational journalism, often about the lives of famous people
periodical = a newspaper or magazine published at regular intervals
local / regional newspaper = a newspaper which contain news from a particular area
national newspaper = a newspaper which contain news from the whole country
headlines = heading or title appearing at the top of a page or article
columns = news that is printed in vertical columns rather than taking a whole page
obituaries = a section in the newspaper about people who have recently died
horoscope = a section in the newspaper about star signs and zodiac signs which foretell the future
weather report = a section in the newspaper for weather forecasts
business section = a section in the newspaper with business news
international / world news section = a section in the newspaper which focuses on news from abroad
caption = a explanation or title matching a picture or cartoon
letter to the editor = a section in the newspaper for people to express their views to the editor of the newspaper
special feature = a special story
editorial = a news article containing the editor’s opinions
comic strip = a cartoon series in the newspaper
advice column = a column in the newspaper where advice is given to people who write in for it
TV guide = a section in the newspaper with a guide for TV programs for the coming day or week
circulation = the number of copies a newspaper distributes on an average day (some newspapers have a wider circulation than others)
edition = a particular version of a text
layout = the way articles are designed on a page (this can include the position of pictures, the number of columns and the size of headlines)
attention-grabbing = a news story which draws public attention
eye-catching = a picture or layout which catches a person’s eye
in-depth = with many details
sensational news = news which causes public excitement or interest
black and white = without colour
direct quotation = words taken directly from what a person has said
paparazzi = a freelance photographer who follows celebrities
front page = the first page of a newspaper
supplementary magazine = a magazine which sometimes is given free with a newspaper
back issue = an old newspaper edition
subject matter = the topic dealt with in an article
proof reader = a person who checks a text for errors
fact checkers = a person (people) who checks if the newspaper facts and information in an article are correct
hot off the press = news that has just been printed and is very recent
readership = the collective readers of a newspaper (some newspapers have a large readership)