Unit 1
The Death of Newspaper?


With the advent of the internet era, conventional news media like radio and newspaper seem in real trouble. The circulation and readership of newspapers is shrinking. Many people are taking a rather pessimistic view about the future of newspaper, and some even say the newspapers are doomed or dying.

On the other hand, there is an increasing awareness that newspapers are living textbooks that have a broad spectrum of applications in language classrroms, be they in printing form or electronic form.


This is a project designed for the course participants to investigate the issue under concern. More specifically, by the end of this session, the students will be able to

  • demonstrate an understanding of the issue
  • appreciate the value of newspaper reading in langauge
  • find the relevant information about the future of newspaper and its educational exploitation in the internet
  • get acquainted with the webquest approach, including webquest procedures and activities.
  • jointly design a copy of newspaper about the future of newspaper in the internet era.


In-class activities

All the students read the annnotated version of an article entitled "Who Killed the Newspaper" from The Economist in August, 2006, get the central idea and the skeleton structure of the text.

Out-of-class activities

Work for readers:

1. There is a Chinese version of the article published in Guangmin Daily. Compare the Chinese version and the orginical English text, and find out where inaccurate understanding occurs and get them corrected.

2. Answer the questions about the text.

3. This mindmap gives the general structure of the text. Please add necessary details where appropriate.

4. Write a summary of the text, based on the general outline in step 3.

Work for the Editing Board:

The editiing board consists of 5 members. It is strongly recommended that there be a fine division of labor between the editorial staff.

  • The editor-in-chief: Your job is to coordinate the project, look for the useful resources for your newspaper, and take chief responsibility of your paper.
  • The glossary editor: Your job is to prepare for a glossary of the important words about newspaper and journalism.
  • The art editor: Your job is to look for some interesting images relevant to the central topic and the layout of your newspaper.
  • The editoralist: Your job is to write an editorial for your newspaper.
  • The proofreader: Your job is to find out and correct the misprints and language errors that might occur in the paper.

Click the following image to see students' works (点击观看学生作品)


Aside from the main article we read in the classroom, there are also some helpful online resources worthy of recommendation:

English Newsroom: Since access to the international sites of the internet is denied in our university, this group is formed to aggregate newspaper articles about our claroom topics. You are strongly recommended to join in and browse the articles already there.

English wikipedia: Wikipedia is an online encyclopedia edited by netizens all over the world and has become one of the most influential sources of knowledge base. Whenever you have anything not clear about, you should visit this site.

Google image: this image search service would be very helpful for the art editors of the newspapar. You are also recommended to visit these sites if you are able to access the international sites:

Flickr, Yupoo, and picasaweb.


The work of the readers should be submitted to google groups with the document name "Unit_1_from_Yourname" . You should subscribe to the group and become a member so that you are entitled to publish posts, make comments, upload homework, etc. You can key in your email address in the following box to join in the group.

Google 网上论坛 Beta 版
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The work of the editorial staff will be evaluated by the newspaper they will have designed.


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