Read the following passage and answer the questions that follow :
'I eat rice everyday. I play cricket. I don't bunk off school, blah…blah…blah….' These
are common events. They happen everyday or on some occasions. Are these events news? Should they be published in newspapers? The answer is a big 'NO'. Then what is news anyway? What do we want to know from the media? 'When a dog bites a man that is not news, but when a man bites a dog that is news,' says Charles Anderson Dana.
The first thing is that the news should be a piece of information. Secondly, the information should be recent or new, and hence it is ‘news’. Thirdly, mass people
should take interest in it. Fourthly, it should be self-explained. That is, it should answer all the questions with who, which, what, where, when, why and how. Finally, it should be objective. Recently, another aspect has been added: news is either printed or broadcast or on the internet. There are opinions that the term ‘news’ comes from ‘new’. Others say it is news because it comes from all directions : North, East, West and South.
1. Answer the following questions.
(a) What features should news have?
Answer : News must be a piece of information on a recent event and mass people should take interest in it. It should answer several questions and should be objective. It should be on the news media.
(b) What is the difference between news and an event?
Answer : An event usually takes place every day or on some occasions. But a news should be invite mass interest and self-explanatory and on the media.
(c ) ¾ it should be self-explained ¾ what does it mean here?
Answer : It means that a piece of news should answer the questions with who, which, what, where, why and how.
(d) What are the opinions about the term 'news'?
Answer : One opinion about the term 'news' is that it comes from 'new'. Another opinion is that it comes from all directions such as north, east, west and south.
(e) What must be there in the information in a newspaper? Answer : The information in a newspaper should contain that the it should of recent event inviting mass interest, self-explanatory.
(f) Do you read any newspaper/magazine?
Answer : I read the daily sun and everyday.
(g) When do you usually read it? Answer : I usually read in early in the morning and at night.
(h) What makes it different from other newspapers/magazines that you read?
Answer : I newspapers I read contain rich editorials, the language of the news is very smooth and it seems objective.
(i) Which news items do you like most-international affairs, sports, movie, culture, politics etc.?
Answer : I like most international affairs.
(j) Do you share your favourite news items with your friends?
Answer : Yes, I do share with my friends the favourite news items I read in the newspapers.
2. Fill in the gaps.
The things we (a) ¾ everyday cannot be (b) ¾ as news. News must be (c) ¾ or (d) ¾ or available on the internet. It's a very (e) ¾ aspect of a news. When a dog bites a man it is news because it happens (f) ¾ . It is a news when a (g) ¾ bites a dog. This (h) ¾ is given by Charles Anderson Dana. (i) ¾ of all, the news should be a piece of information. Then it must be (j) ¾.
(a) do (b) treated (c) printed/published (d) broadcast (e) recent (f) usually (g) man (h) example/definition (i) First
A piece of information (a) ¾ news if it (b) ¾ mass interest. That very information can (c) ¾ itself and it should be (d) ¾ . And we can easily identify a piece of news if is either (e) ¾ or broadcast or on the internet. The word news probably has (f) ¾ from 'new'. Of course, there are (g) ¾ people who say that a news is news (h) ¾ it comes from all directions. They want to (i) ¾ north, east, west and south. From this passage we have learnt the (j) ¾ between an event and a news.
Answers : (a) becomes (b) invites (c) explain (d) objective (e) printed (f) come (g) other (h) because
(i) mean (j) difference
3. Write a paragraph on this topic.
The common events like 'I eat rice everyday' or 'I play cricket' are not news. Charles Anderson Dana says 'when a dog bites a man that is not news, but when a man bites a dog that is news. It gives us a difference between news and an event. A news should be first a piece of information, a recent event, having mass interest, self-explained and answer all the questions with who, which, what, where, when, why and how. It should be objective and either printed or broadcast or on internet.
Write a paragraph on your habit of reading newspapers.
I read one English and one Bengali newspaper everyday. The English newspaper is daily sun. I like the newspapers of several reasons. First of all, it is colourful.
Besides, going through the news, I read the editorials very carefully. Its education page is very informative. I read it everyday where I can learn the significant events of big educational institutions.
This page also publishes some tips on education.
Many famous teachers contribute to this page.
4. Write a paragraph on this topic.
The things that happen everyday or on some occasions are not news. News should be a piece of information of recent time. Mass people should take interest in it. It should answer all the questions with who, which, when, why and how. A news should be objective and is either printed or broadcast or on the internet.
5. Suppose, a man in your locality really bites a dog. Imagine you are a reporter and interview the man. Share with your partner and write the dialogue.
Myself : How do you think Razzaque that a man bit a dog?
Razzaque : It's news actually. When a dog bites a man it cannot be news as Charles Anderson Dana says.
Myself : I asked the man why he did it. The man gave an interesting answer.
Razzaque : What did he answer?
Myself : He said that everybody is afraid of dog but I wanted to make the dog afraid of me.
Razzaque : Really interesting.
Myself : He gave another answer.
Razzaque : What's that?
Myself : He told that he wanted to do something different.
Razzaque : Really?
Myself : Yes. He wanted to draw the attention of media and many people.
Razzaque : Really, now it's a news.। ।