GE|Adults|Upper-Int|6. Being a journalist
Answer the questions
- How has technology affected the way that we receive news?
- Do you think that the media is objective? Why or why not?
- Do you think that the media covers too much bad news and not enough good news? What was the last «good news» story you heard?
- Are there certain things journalists shouldn’t report on? Why?
Now read the articles by two journalists who write for The Times newspaper and see if your ideas are there. Choose and write the best words to complete the texts
Listen and check
Listen to Alice, a freelance restaurant critic, and Tim, a war reporter, talking about the good and bad sides of their jobs. Listen and mark the sentences as True or False. Correct the false sentences
The restaurant critic
Now listen to Tim, a war reporter
The war reporter
Think over this quote and choose a topic to discuss
«Celebrities have to accept that the media publishes stories about their private lives. That is the price they pay for being rich and famous.»
Click on the hotspots to open the cards
Read the information
We can use «as» in many different ways:
1. to give a reason:
As it was raining, we didn’t go out. (as = because)
2. to compare people or things:
She’s as tall as me.
3. to describe somebody’s job or function of something:
She works as a nurse. We had to use a handkerchief as a bandage.
4. to say that something happened while/when something else was happening:
As they were leaving the postman arrived. (as = when)
Decide how ‘as’ is used in each sentence
Match the phrasal verbs with the correct particle
Choose and write the correct form
Ms Beal (defence lawyer) | Judge | Mr Luskin (prosecution lawyer) | Mr Dykes (the accused)
Complete the dialogue by reporting the phrases
Mr Luskin | Judge | Mr Dykes
Match the sentences to the sections of a newspaper
Complete the headlines with a word from the box
Match the halves of the sentences
Complete the phrasal verbs with the correct particle
Listen to the news programme and write the day of the week the story is from
Listen again and choose the correct answer
Match the halves to make the sentences. Look up the highlighted words and phrases in your dictionary
Use the highlighted words or phrases from More details slide to complete the definitions
Watch or listen to a short film on the Speed of News and mark the statements as True or False
Read the instructions
«The public increasingly depend on citizen journalists to witness and record events objectively, and to hold the mainstream media to account for honesty and authenticity. Citizen journalism is taking over traditional newsrooms.»
- What is the difference between professional and citizen journalism?
- Is citizen journalism a phenomenon of recent years, or did some kind of practice, which can be described as citizen journalism, exist before we started using the term?
- How would you describe a citizen journalist and what is his or her motivation for the task?
- In your opinion, has citizen journalism somehow changed the norms and practices of professional journalism?
- Can bloggers replace professional journalists and who do you consider more reliable source of information?
Write your opinion on the role of citizen journalism in the modern society. Answer the questions and use words from the list
- channels of communication
- broadcasting time
- digital revolution
- media content
- broadband Internet access
- participatory media
- media hype
- sense of mission
- nagging doubt
- to plant sth. firmly in sb.’s mind
- to play on smb’s emotions
- to cover a subject
- Read the topic and the questions carefully.
- Plan what you are going to write about.
- Write the text according to your plan.
- Check your writing before sending it for evaluation.
- Learn the rules and see the sample here.
- Please use Grammarly to avoid spelling and some grammar mistakes.
- Good and bad sides
- A restaurant critic
- Mini grammar as
- Phrasal verbs
- A trial
- Reporting the dialogue
- Newspaper sections
- Phrasal verbs
- News programme
- More details
- Speed of news
- Citizen journalism
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