News language (TU21)
News is the general term for information which is new to us, and is most often used to refer to institutionally produced reports of recent events. These reports traditionally appeared in the form of newspapers, magazines and other printed news sheets, as well as radio and television newscasts. Today we most often encounter news in electronic form. News organizations post individual stories on their websites and social media feeds and these are recirculated by readers to their own audiences. The present Teaching Unit covers: Types of news text (comparing hard news to features to opinion writing), features of news language as a register, and written and spoken news.