English Language / Media Studies KS3: How to write a television news story

Focusing on President Trump’s intended ban on immigration in 2017, Journalist Tina Daheley explains the process of drafting and writing a television news report about a big news story.

She introduces the '5 W' planning process (what, who, where, when and why), and demonstrates how to use bullet points.

The importance of an enticing introduction to a news report is explained along with the effects of active and passive voice. Alternative introductions show the need for drafting and rewriting and the practice of reading work aloud is promoted as a way to explore the effects of different wording.

She also talks about register and explores formality of language for television news, using examples.

The clip is particularly useful for demonstrating the need for re-writing and exploring how language can be used to different effects.

It will give students an insight into the job of news reporting and can also be used to encourage them to edit and proofread their own writing.

This clip is from the series Making the News.

Teacher Notes

You could pause the clip before Tina Daheley re-writes her introduction and ask students write their own version.

Ask students to write a news report and then pass to a partner who will edit and rewrite to create a more powerful version. Allow time for feedback and discussion of the suggested changes to the work.

Get your students to create a news story based on current events in the local community.

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.