English Language / Media Studies KS3: How to research a news report

Tina Daheley demonstrates ways to conduct research and introduces the key concept of news sources.

The 2017 'Trump immigration ban' is used as a focus for this film, and the importance of using a range of sources is explained.

She explores the need to find contrasting opinions to present a balanced news report and looks at how quotation marks and ellipses can be used.

The process of interviewing is also presented, with an emphasis on preparing good questions to get the most out of an interviewee.

Using open and closed questions can affect responses, and students are shown how to rephrase questions to make them more useful.

Finally, the value and credibility of social media messages is looked at with an emphasis on fact checking.

This clip is from the series Making the News.

Teacher Notes

Working in pairs, students could use the clip as the basis for writing a ‘How to’ leaflet about researching a news report.

You could also provide students with a range of sources on a current news topic – include websites, news articles, videos of people speaking on the topic.

They should sort these into facts and opinions.

Use a hotseating technique to practise interviewing and questioning skills.

Either use teacher-in-role as an expert, or use students to play the parts of people with opinions on the topic being reported on.

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.