What is 'the news'?

This resource introduces students to the news and gets them answering key questions about where the news can be found and how the importance of a news story will differ from person to person. It could be used as part of PSHE, before looking at a particular story, to give students a better understanding of a news-report task.

This lesson helps to develop the following news literacy skills:

  • SCEPTICISM: Questioning information to find the truth
  • REASONING: Justifying a viewpoint

This resource was produced by The Economist Educational Foundation, an independent charity that was set up by The Economist magazine. Combining The Economist’s journalistic know-how with teaching expertise, we specialise in supporting teachers to facilitate high-quality classroom discussions about the news.


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Created: Oct 7, 2019

Updated: Dec 5, 2019

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