News desk – a project

From course plan required content of course

  • Muntlig och skriftlig framställning inom valt fördjupningsområde.
  • Strategier för användning av olika typer av källor, med källkritisk medvetenhet och vedertagna sätt att ange källor, inom valt fördjupningsområde och inom andra områden.
  • Strategier och modern teknik för att medverka i, leda och dokumentera samtal och skriftlig kommunikation i olika medier, till exempel i arbetsprocesser och förhandlingssituationer med anknytning till samhälls- och arbetslivet.
  • Användning av grundläggande stilistiska och retoriska grepp.
  • Samhällsfrågor, kulturella, historiska, politiska och sociala förhållanden samt etiska och existentiella frågor i olika sammanhang och delar av världen där engelska används.


On a newspaper or on a TV-channel they have journalists and editors that work with different issues. A regular newspaper like The Guardian has a news desk for current news, another one for politics, another one for foreign affairs, another one for sports, etc.

Your assignment is to form a news desk and make news broadcasts in the classroom.

Each news desk should consist of three people.

Each news desk should focus on one area. If you are on the Science program, your field is science. If you are on the Social program focusing on economics, your field is finance and economy, etc. You could also choose some other field, just check with me.

General guidelines

Your presentation should last for 10 minutes.
Not mere reading aloud from a script.

Difficult words. Your audience should be able to understand your vocabulary. If you have any unusual or infrequent vocabulary, write them on the white board before you start and explain them briefly, or give their Swedish translation.

You should stand up during your presentation

On Mondays the news desk has its weekly meeting and each student brings at least two pieces of news (or equivalent) for the newsdesk to prepare. The news desks prepares a script for the broadcast and rehearses.

On Wednesdays the news desks are given 5-10 minutes to prepare their broadcast. At this point each news desk then proceeds to broadcast their news to the class.

You get brownie points for

  • Analysing and evaluating sources
  • Use of rhetoric
  • Written scripts/notes

List of rhetorical figures of speech

  1. Alliteration
    The repetition of an initial consonant sound.
  2. Anaphora
    The repetition of the same word or phrase at the beginning of successive clauses or verses. (Contrast with epiphora and epistrophe.)
  3. Antithesis
    The juxtaposition of contrasting ideas in balanced phrases.
  4. Apostrophe
    Breaking off discourse to address some absent person or thing, some abstract quality, an inanimate object, or a nonexistent character.
  5. Assonance
    Identity or similarity in sound between internal vowels in neighboring words.
  6. Chiasmus
    A verbal pattern in which the second half of an expression is balanced against the first but with the parts reversed.
  7. Euphemism
    The substitution of an inoffensive term for one considered offensively explicit.
  8. Hyperbole
    An extravagant statement; the use of exaggerated terms for the purpose of emphasis or heightened effect.
  9. Irony
    The use of words to convey the opposite of their literal meaning. Also, a statement or situation where the meaning is contradicted by the appearance or presentation of the idea.
  10. Litotes
    A figure of speech consisting of an understatement in which an affirmative is expressed by negating its opposite.
  11. Metaphor
    An implied comparison between two unlike things that actually have something important in common.
  12. Metonymy
    A figure of speech in which one word or phrase is substituted for another with which it’s closely associated; also, the rhetorical strategy of describing something indirectly by referring to things around it.
  13. Onomatopoeia
    The use of words that imitate the sounds associated with the objects or actions they refer to.
  14. Oxymoron
    A figure of speech in which incongruous or contradictory terms appear side by side.
  15. Paradox
    A statement that appears to contradict itself.
  16. Personification
    A figure of speech in which an inanimate object or abstraction is endowed with human qualities or abilities.
  17. Pun
    A play on words, sometimes on different senses of the same word and sometimes on the similar sense or sound of different words.
  18. Simile
    A stated comparison (usually formed with ”like” or ”as”) between two fundamentally dissimilar things that have certain qualities in common.
  19. Synecdoche
    A figure of speech in which a part is used to represent the whole (for example, ABCs for alphabet) or the whole for a part (”England won the World Cup in 1966″).
  20. Understatement
    A figure of speech in which a writer or speaker deliberately makes a situation seem less important or serious than it is.


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