News and Media

  • Would you like to be a journalist? Why? Why not?
  • What is the biggest news story in your country right now? Talk about it.
  • Do you read a daily newspaper? What is your favourite section?
  • Do you follow the news? If so how? By newspaper? Internet? TV?
  • How important is it for you to keep up with current events?
  • In your opinion, what has been the single biggest news item from this past year? How did the media cover this event?
  • Do you think that news reporting has gotten better, gotten worse, or stayed the same over your lifetime?
  • Do you think a politician's private life is newsworthy? Why or why not?
  • Are there certain things journalists shouldn't report on? Why?
  • How do you feel about censorship? Are there times when the news should be censored?
  • Who owns the newspapers and TV stations in your country? Do you think this has an effect on the news that you hear?
  • Do you think that the media covers too much bad news and not enough good news? What was the last "good news" story you heard?
  • How has technology effected the way that we receive news?
  • Have you (or anyone you know) ever been in the newspaper or on TV? If so,what for?
  • Do you think that most newspapers print what's really important, or what will make them sell more newspapers? What about TV news?
  • Why are people so interested in the private lives of celebrities?
  • Do you think we have become too obsessed with the lives of celebrities?
  • Who is your favourite celebrity?
  • Who is the most overrated celebrity?
  • Do you think that the media is objective? Why or why not?
  • What's happening in the news right now, both in your country and abroad? Where did you hear about it?
  • What is the biggest news story in your country right now? Talk about it.


Agree or disagree

  • Political news is boring.
  • Newspapers should be free.
  • There is too much sport on television.
  • The Internet has changed the world.
  • Journalists shouldn't write about people's private lives.