Intermediate: News Media

GUESS THE WORD

Rearrange the letters of the word to complete each sentence. Read the meaning aloud and use it as a clue.
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  1. misleading
  2. biased
  3. violent

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1. word:
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meaning: [adjective] giving the wrong idea or impression
sentence: The news headline is ____________.
2. word:
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meaning: [adjective] unfair support for or against something
sentence: The news about elections was ________ in favor of the leading candidate.
3. word:
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meaning: [adjective] harmful and destructive
sentence: The news anchor reported the ___________ storm that attacked the major city last night.

DIALOGUE

Let’s read the dialogue. I will be Ron and you will be Emma. Fill in the blanks with the correct responses.

READ

I can’t stand watching today’s news, Emma. They’re mostly depressing. I feel like bad news always travels faster than good news. Are there any recent good news?
_____________________________. Nonetheless, you should still watch the news to keep yourself updated on what’s happening around you.

Don’t worry, I still do. Although, I prefer to watch news feature and documentary because they’re not that violent. What’s the best news you’ve heard of so far?
_________________________________________

That’s nice. I hope news outlets will become less biased and stick more to the truth. By the way, do you know how to recognize if the news is biased or not?
I watch, read, and listen to news critically. Sometimes, even by just
reading and understanding the headlines, you will know if the news is
biased or not. I always watch out for misleading sentences, one-sided
reports, and opinionated terms.


You’re absolutely right. With the popularity of social media, it’s easy to spread fake news, so we need to be very critical with what we believe and what we share with others.
Indeed. It’s our duty as citizens to be responsible and observant.

READING ALOUD

Read and take note of the important points in the article.

READ

The history of news can be dated back to the Ancient Rome and Han Dynasty in China. In Ancient Rome, “Acta Diurna”, or government announcements were engraved either in metal or stone before being posted in public places. Meanwhile, in China, news sheets were handwritten on silk. In 1456, a movable printing system was invented by a German blacksmith, Johannes Gutenberg. Since then, important information became easily shared with everyone.
A hundred years later, the term “newspaper” was first used in Venice, Italy when the government published their first handwritten newsletters known as “Written Notice”. To this day, news plays an important role in educating and updating the public that marked and shapes the modern world.

EXPRESSING OPINIONS

Please answer the questions about the article.

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1. Who invented the first movable printing system?
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2. Based on the article, how does news shape the modern world?
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3. Some people say that social media could replace news media. Do you agree or disagree?
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4. What do you think will happen if anyone (including those without professional journalism/reporting background) would write and publish news?
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READ BETWEEN THE LINES

In your own understanding, please explain the meaning of the following quotations.

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1. “News is the bridge between the people, the government, and the world.”
– Unknown
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2. “A newspaper is not just for reporting the news as it is, but to make people mad enough to do something about it..”
– Mark Twain
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CONVERSATION PRACTICE

Let’s talk. Please answer my questions.

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1. Do you think there are more bad news than good news nowadays?
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2. Would you consider becoming a news reporter if given the chance?
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3. What kind of news interests you the most?
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4. Should news be more entertaining than informative?
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5. If you were to be reported in the news, what would be the headline?
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