English Language / Media Studies KS3: How to present the news online

Tina Daheley look at how a news story involving Donald Trump is presented on the BBC News website.

She explains the presentation features of a news website, including video, audio and images.

Students are invited to consider how the ‘search’ function can be used to find news online, and to examine the influence of dramatic images.

The language of headlines is examined, with a look at the impact of powerful, dynamic verbs and their effect on the audience.

She demonstrates how how to reduce a sentence to a pithy headline and this is particularly useful for students in terms of explaining how to draft and use language effectively.

She also looks at the effects of past and present tense in headlines, a useful reminder for students about the immediacy created by tense choices in writing.

An interview with Mark, the BBC Social Media editor, introduces students to the skills involved in the role of writing and posting social media for a large news corporation.

He highlights the importance of accuracy, spelling and register as he analyses the effects of short media alerts.

He also looks at the impact of words and suggests how to use quotations to create an exciting and popular media post.

This clip is from the series Making the News.

Teacher Notes

You could give students a news article without a headline and ask them to write the best headline they can, using no more than 36 characters. Ask them to discuss their work and decide which is more effective.

Examine a story that is currently on the BBC website and compare to social media posts about the same event.

You could get students to proofread an article written for a website - prepare this in advance with plenty of spelling and grammar errors for them to correct!

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.