English Language / Media Studies KS3: How language is used for television news reports

The clip opens with a look at register and then explores the effects of pictures and words, and how language can support and expand on video clips in the news.

The power of adjectives and how they are chosen by news reporters for impact is then explored.

The concept of bias is introduced through the use of vox pops, followed by a brief look at fact and opinion.

The purpose of paraphrasing is explained with a clear example from Donald Trump’s speech, with a stress on the importance of maintaining original meaning.

The need for balanced reporting is demonstrated with an example of contrasting responses to Donald Trump’s inauguration speech.

This clip is from the series Making the News.

Teacher Notes

You could ask students to prepare a report on an event in their own lives in the style of a BBC television news report.

Ask students to watch a news report and record vox pops of responses to the news story that show both sides of the argument.

Get students to draw a flowchart showing the process of writing a news report from research to filming.

Curriculum Notes

This series is relevant for teaching English and Media Studies at Key Stage 3 in England, Northern Ireland and Wales and at Level 3 in Scotland.