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STUDENT A's QUESTIONS (Do not show these to Student B.)

(1) What images spring to mind when you hear the word ‘news’?
(2) Do you think news is usually happy or sad?
(3) How important is keeping up to date with the news to you?
(4) Do you prefer to watch, listen to or read about news?
(5) What areas of the world are you most interested in?
(6) What kinds of stories hit the headlines in your local newspaper?
(7) What are your favourite sections of the newspaper?
(8) What was the last piece of good news you heard?
(9) What news story are you following at the moment?
(10) Do you trust everything you read, see or hear on the news?

STUDENT B's QUESTIONS (Do not show these to Student A.)

(1) What is news? What makes something news?
(2) What do you understand by the phrase, “No news is good news”?
(3) Would you like to work as a newscaster or a news reporter?
(4) What is your favourite news programme?
(5) What’s the best satellite news station, BBC, CNN, other?
(6) What do you think of news stations being under state control?
(7) What’s the most tragic news you’ve seen on TV?
(8) Is news and propaganda the same thing in some countries?
(9) Do you think news programmes should include Hollywood/celebrity stories and gossip?
(10) Do you think news reporting in your country is fair and balanced? How about in other countries?



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