In this English lesson you will learn the main words and expressions to talk about the news in English.
Talking about the news and current events is very common. In fact, it is one of the most popular topics of conversation for many people.
Every day we read the news in newspapers, watch the news on television, listen to the news on the radio, and we also get a lot of news on the internet nowadays, too.
Reporters report or cover the news so that the news stations can broadcast it. We can follow certain news stories if they interest us.
My father was a journalist. He worked for the local newspaper his whole career. His main job for many years was the paper's political correspondent. He would go to Parliament House in Perth, Western Australia, and look for stories.
Other words we can use to talk about the news in English, or people who work in the industry, are reporters, columnists, news-hounds, hacks and paparazzis.
We usually associate paparazzis with the gutter press. These are news outlets that report bad news items or sensationalism.
Current affairs are news items that are happening now around the world in in our local areas. Are you more interested in local news events or international news?
Online news has become very popular in recent years. More and more people turn to the internet to get their news. Sites like Google and Facebook places where you can read the latest news.
News agencies now publish their stories on Facebook as they can reach a lot of people and perhaps go viral.
However, we often see news on the internet that is not newsworthy. It might not hit the headlines in a traditional paper but it will be published on the web.
We also have the problem nowadays with fake news. This type of news is made to deliberately trick people into believing news that is not true.
The recent scandal data scandal at Facebook showed how fake news can influence the way people think and manipulate elections.
So there you go. many words and expressions to talk about the news in English.
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