English Language / Media Studies KS3: How stories are adapted for a young audience on CBBC’s Newsround

Tina Daheley speaks to reporter Ricky Boleto at the CBBC Newsround studios and asks how he makes news stories appropriate for six to twelve year-olds.

They talk about the importance of explaining everything in a story, and not assuming that the audience knows anything about the details.

Using an example of a news item about Donald Trump winning the US election, Tina and Ricky explain how Newsround reporters simplify complex news stories for their audience.

They also discuss the use of friendly and informal language and short concise sentences that are easy for children to understand.

They then focus on the use of specific words in the bulletin, and look at the effect of specific adjectives.

The effect of words with impact and describing words are shown through real examples.

The clip also focuses on the use of opinions and vox pops in Newsround and explores how interviews with children and young people are used to reflect and appeal to the young audience.

As with adult news, both sides of an argument are presented.

They look at the use of puppets and animation to bring Newsround’s stories to life.

A comparison between the Newsround and main news handling of the Donald Trump inauguration story is used to highlight how the programmes present the same story in different ways.

This clip is form the series Making the News.

Teacher Notes

Watch an episode of CBBC Newsround.

On a second and third viewing, ask students to take notes about the main features of the show – note how many articles there are, the type of music used, the colours of the set, the types of people interviewed, the language used.

This would work well as a group task, with different groups focusing on different aspects of the programme.

Give students a bullet point summary of a current news story and ask them to create a report that would be suitable for the CBBC Newsround programme.

Ask students to transcribe two news reports – one aimed at adults and one aimed at young people.

They should explain the differences in sentence structures and word complexity.

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.