Conversation Questions: The Media

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How often do you read the paper or watch the news on TV? How importantis it for you to keep up with current events? In your opinion, what has been the single biggest news item from this pastyear? How did the media cover this event?
Do you think that news reporting has gotten better, gotten worse, or stayedthe 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 shouldbe censored?
Who owns the newspapers and TV stations in your country? Do you think thishas an effect on the news that you hear? Do you think that the media covers too much bad news and not enough goodnews? 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/on TV? If so,what for?
Do you think that most newspapers print what's really important, or what willmake them sell more newspapers? What about TV news? Why are people so interested in the private lives of celebrities?
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?

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