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Developing IT and Language Skills through Newspaper Production

Price: £25.00
Age Range: KS3 KS4

A superb context for the use of ICT in English which covers seven key areas of newspaper production.
Sections are: Layout and DTP; Compiling information; Audience research and feedback; Writing adverts; Photography; Assembly and proofreading.

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Size: 75 Pages
ISBN: 978 1 86025 280 8
Author(s): Bridget Jones
Code: DILS
Popularity rank: 267

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Contents List


  • 7 WHAT'S INSIDE? By categorising and comparing the contents of newspapers and magazines, students use this information to develop an understanding of typical reader profiles.
  • 9 THE '5WS' Students are introduced to the '5Ws' (who, what, where, when, why) as the basis for constructing news stories.
  • 11 TABLOIDS & BROADSHEETS This page compares the different styles of presentation and writing in tabloids and broadsheets.
  • 13 SLANTS & ANGLES Looking at how tabloid and broadsheet approaches to a news story can differ in their journalistic styles.
  • 15 NEWS STORIES Using the '5Ws', students identify the basic content of a news story, then learn how to structure this information in a manner that allows for ease of editing.
  • 17 FEATURES Students are introduced to, and learn how to structure their own, feature articles.
  • 19 PROFILES Students practise researching and writing profiles of people to practise skills in structuring newspaper or magazine articles.
  • 21 AUDIENCE RESEARCH Looking at the importance of audience research, and creating a questionnaire to canvas opinions for a school newspaper or magazine.
  • 23 HEADLINES Students identify different ways to write headlines, and consider what makes each style effective.
  • 25 SUB-EDITING In this activity, students gain practical experience of sub-editing an article for a school magazine.
  • 27 JOBS Learning about the roles of different people involved in writing, editing and compiling a newspaper or magazine.
  • 29 INTERVIEWING (1) To understand how open and closed questions can be used to elicit information, and to make students aware of the restrictive nature of closed questions.
  • 31 INTERVIEWING (2) Students use feedback to evaluate and develop their interviewing skills. This involves conducting interviews that are observed by another student.
  • 33 ACCESSING INFORMATION Students investigate and practise different ways of accessing information that can be used to generate articles for their publication.
  • 35 IN THE LIBRARY Investigating libraries as an important source of information for feature articles.
  • 37 PRESS CONFERENCE Through roleplay, students learn how a press conference can provide a source of information for news stories.
  • 39 A SPECIAL FEATURE Students apply the skills they have so far acquired to produce feature articles about a special interest.
  • 41 ADVERTISING Identifying the differences between display and classified advertisements, and look at the cost factors associated with each type of advertisement.
  • 43 DISPLAY ADVERTISEMENTS Identifying the design features that are used in making advertisements appeal to specific target groups and develop the students' design skills using ICT
  • 45 TARGET AUDIENCE Students develop their analytical and design skills by producing a display advertisement that is tailored to a target audience.
  • 47 SNAPS Learning to take a correctly framed, focused and exposed photograph.
  • 49 CROPPING AND CAPTIONS Students consider the use of cropping and captions to manipulate the meaning of photographic images.
  • 51 SCANNING Students gain hands-on experience of scanning a photograph into a computer and manipulating the image.
  • 53 MASTHEADS Students examine existing newspaper mastheads, then use suitable software (word processing, desktop publishing or graphics software) to design a masthead for their own publication.
  • 55 HOW FONTS CAN 'TALK' Students consider the impact and message created by different styles of letters, and are introduced to the terms 'font' and 'point'.
  • 57 BLURBS Students are introduced to 'blurbs', and design appropriate ones for the front page of their school newspaper.
  • 59 COLUMNS AND PICTURES Students look at the use of columns to lay out text and pictures in a newspaper story and learn how to do this using ICT
  • 61 DESIGN Students look at the design elements in a range of newspapers and magazines, and consider how these elements enhance the appeal of each publication to its target audience.
  • 63 RUNNING ORDER Students investigate how the contents of newspaper or magazine pages are arranged in preparation for assembling their own publication.
  • 65 EVALUATION Designing and producing a questionnaire to obtain feedback on the students' publication.
  • 66 KS3/4 ENGLISH POS
  • 72 KS3 ICT POS
  • 74 KS4 ICT POS