1.en.5 Newspapers: Past & Present

1.History of the Newspaper

Modern technologies allow people to inform themselves about current events in a faster way than in the past. However, for an extended and deeper approach to news we will still need newspapers, either in the old paper versions or the newest online ones.

We are going to learn a bit about the history of newspapers in order to start wondering what is all this fuss about being informed. Watch the following video and answer the questions below:

QUESTIONS 1:

True or False?

1. Roman citizens could buy Acta Diurna at the nearest newsagent.

2. Kaiyuan Za Bao was the first newspaper printed on paper.

3. Gazetta was the name of an ancient coin.

4. The oldest European newspaper is the London Gazette.

5. The funeral of the hero of Trafalgar was the first newspaper illustration.

6. Cartoons were first published in the XIX century.

7. The first newspaper to include news in its front page was the Daily Mirror.

8. The first tabloid was published at the beginning of the XX century.

2.Who reads the newspapers ?

Watch the following video. It’s from a British comedy called Yes, Prime Minister.

Yes, Prime Minister is a comedy sitcom which was very popular in the 1980s. It is set in the PM’s office. There are three main characters, Jim Hacker, The Prime Minister; Sir Humphrey Appleby, his permanent secretary and Bernard Woolley, his private secretary.

In the scene the PM and his permanent secretary comment on some recent news and the PM  classifies British newspapers by the people who read them.

Do you know the name of Britain’s current PM? Where does the British PM live? What public office in Spain  is the equivalent of that of PM? Where does he live? Who is currently holding this office in Spain?

Well, now you can watch the video and answer the questions below:

Questions 2:

1. What news has hit the headlines recently?

2. What has the PM decided to do about it? For what reason?

3. Look at the list of British newspapers in the box. What people read each of them according to the PM? Match the names of the newspapers with the descriptions.

 The Daily Telegraph     The Daily Mail     The Times     The Guardian            The Morning Star     The Financial Times     The Daily Mirror

a) People who think they run the country: …………………………………………………………

b) People who think they ought to run the country: …………………………………………….

c) People who actually do run the country: ………………………………………………………..

d) The wives of the people who run the country: ………………………………………………….

e) People who own the country: ……………………………………………………………………….

f) People who think the country ought to be run by another country: …………………….

g) People who think the country is run by another country: ………………………………….

4. Now, what people read The Sun according to Bernard, the PM’s private secretary ?

5. Think about Spanish National newspapers. Would you be able yo say what people read them? Do these newspapers cater for people with different social, political or religious views? You might need to ask an adult about this. I suggest you ask at home or somebody you trust. Bring the result of your interview to class. We will see whether everybody agrees.

DEADLINE: 15 October 2012

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