Media-awareness

31. January 2009 – 16:04

Reading between the lines

In order to become well-informed adults, it’s a good idea for you to develop the habit of reading the news and keeping informed on important topics, such as world-events, business and economy, politics, environment, geography and culture. With overwhelming amounts of information available both in print and online, it is critical that you learn to read new stories by determining their source and recognizing their viewpoints.

Objectives

  • analyse several new articles to determine their source, purpose and biases
  • assess the purposes and viewpoints at BBC…
  • create checklists to use when reading new articles in the future

Communication skills

  • acquiring information
  • organising information
  • analysing information

Task

Define the following words, write down a definition and provide examples for each word. Make sure the definitions are accurate.

  • bias
  • objectively
  • news
  • editorial

Exercise

Create a chart with five columns. In the first column write the questions listed below, each in a row.

  1. What is the article about?
  2. Who is the publisher?
  3. What is the source (if it was written by someone other than the publisher)?
  4. What is the purpose of the article?
  5. Are there biases or obvious points of view?

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