What is News?
News is what happens in the world that people want to know about.
It may be something that happened to someone or it could be an event that is happening in the future. It is important that we are aware of what is going on around us so that we can make informed decisions about our lives.
How do we decide what is news?
The most common way that journalists decide what is news and what is not is by examining the facts of an event. They may be looking at what a peasant farmer says about a bug that is threatening his crop or they may be thinking of an archbishop who wants to see women priests in the Roman Catholic Church.
How can we teach students to tell the difference between news and non-news?
The best way to teach students to tell the difference between news and not-news is by helping them understand the journalistic selection process. This process is probably as important or perhaps more important than what’really happens’ when it comes to deciding whether something is news (Westerhahl and Johansson 1994).
What makes a story news?
Generally speaking, stories that are considered to be news are those that have an element of surprise, contrast and/or the unusual about them. They are likely to be of interest to a large number of people and can have arresting photographs, video or audio.
Learning to read news is a great way for students to practice reading in their target language. They can learn new vocabulary and also gain a deeper understanding of the culture of the people who speak their language. They can also learn to read about subjects that are of interest to them and find out more about the issues that affect their lives.