About the media: What makes news, news?

  • What Makes News News
  • Sarah Larsen
  • Austrálie
  • 2018
  • 13 min.
  • titulky
  • 13—21 let
Audio-visual lessons

Lesson objectives

  1. To approach media critically
  2. To raise awareness of values that determine how news is chosen by media 
  3. To explore what consequences this bias might mean for how we experience the world 

Have you ever wondered what makes news, news? We look at the news values that determine which stories we see and hear about and which ones we don't and how those new values can subtly shape the way we see the world.

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Recommended age group

13—21 years

Thematic area

Výuka jazyků


Výuka angličtiny / English

Teaching materials

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News values

Activity / / B1+ / 4ř + 45 min

Students will: 

  • Talk about their own experience with news
  • Critically think about what influences the news to become news
  • Get acquainted with some of the news values

Questions and Answers

Informational texts

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  • Principles of journalism
  • Media and objectivity
  • Alternative media


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English activities for teaching with documentaries

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