News Values/Newsworthiness Media Studies Lesson

Grade Levels
9th - 12th, Higher Education
Formats Included
  • Zip
35 slides
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A 1-2 hour lesson based around news values and newsworthiness. Includes a zip file that contains:

* A 35-slide PowerPoint presentation

* An accompanying script for the slides

* Printable resources to be used to complete the later task in the lesson

Some editing of this resource will need to be completed as it is specific to a particular locale - you will need to make this specific to your own region/area/country for it to make sense.

Features an introduction to the concepts of news values, newsworthiness and gatekeeping. Depending on the level of comprehension of your students, you can add additional complexity, particularly in terms of media theory. This lesson was prepared with UK print media in mind but the mechanics of it are easily adjusted for international media. Some level of pre-existing knowledge of the subject would be required to give a reasonable standard of dialogue in addition to the slides.

Has 3 tasks of increasing complexity and requires minimal resources, but what is required is also included and would need to be printed (preferably in colour).

Includes 8 categories of newsworthiness and how they are used to construct a news alongside dozens of examples to spark discussion. This is not the full extent of newsworthy categories but they are designed to cover the most ground with the least categories. Feel free to add and tweak as you need.

Includes an extended, interactive group activity that shows how the news agenda manifests itself through developing stories.

Total Pages
35 slides
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
2 hours
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