Play, pause, talk BNC session video!
Join Tom and Olivia for this week's session. In this video, we'll walk you through each activity, give examples and hints, and then ask you to pause and complete the activities in your own time. Check it out!
Scroll down for all of the activities from this session. Note - the asteroid news story is NOT real!
- Are you surprised by any of these numbers?
- How long could you avoid seeing or hearing any news for?
CHALLENGE: where does everyone in your extended family (cousins, uncles, aunts, grandparents etc.) find their news? Work out the percentages for each source and see how they compare with the UK average.
You'll be travelling through time for this activity! Try to answer all of the questions from two points of view. Firstly, imagine you have travelled back in time 100 years to 1921 and answer from that perspective. Then, answer the questions again but imagine you live 100 years in the future in 2121 not 2021!
- How are your answers different each time you do this? Are there any similarities?
Read through these facts.
A Google search of “news” brings up 12,180,000,000 hits.
There are an estimated 73,000 journalists in the UK.
Globally, over 3.5 billion people have a smartphone with access to news apps
In the UK alone, there are 477 free television channels.
Adults in the UK find their news from around seven different sources.
- Can there ever be too much news?
Read through these breaking news cards.
- Can you summarise this pretend news story in one sentence? Out of 10, how difficult is it to do? (where 0 = very easy and 10 = very difficult). Why?
Read the cards again BUT this time, only read the TELEVISION, NEWSPAPER and RADIO ones.
- Now can you summarise this pretend news story in one sentence? Out of 10, how difficult is it to do? (where 0 = very easy and 10 = very difficult). Why?
- Why does this feel different to the first summary you gave?
Time to debate! Find someone to have a debate with at home and debate both sides of this statement. Use the sentence starters to kick you off.
CHALLENGE: how does the news empower people?
Over to you!
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