This lesson about news item text is given to students who are still learning English in high schools. News item is one of the 13 text which should be mastered well. The understanding on any English text for the students of high schools if proven with ability to write a short sample of the text and competence to analyze the generic structure.
Every news item text sample should be given along with the ability to see the organization of the paragraph. The organization is famously called as generic structure. Below is the structure of news item to follow:
1. Newsworthy event: What is the text about is commonly stated in the first paragraph. Three people have been killed and eight others injured in a blast at a nightclub.
2. Background events, what broader information given from the text is usually given after the first paragraph. In a very short sample, it can be 2 or 3 paragraphs. The explosion occurred at 2:30 a.m. Sunday.
Such incidents aren’t unusual in Serbia since the wars in the Balkans in the 1990s.
3. Source: From where the writer got the news is ending the text Serbia’s state TV says the man was angry because he and three of his friends were refused entering the club
That is the generic structure of the following example of news item. To read the news, see below! People Killed and Injured in Blast at Nightclub
Three people have been killed and eight others injured in a hand grenade blast at a packed village nightclub.
The explosion in Idvor, north of Belgrade, occurred at 2:30 a.m. Sunday (0030 GMT Sunday; 8:30 p.m. EDT Saturday) when a man activated the grenade at the entrance to the club. About 150 customers were inside at the time.
Such incidents aren’t unusual in Serbia since the wars in the Balkans in the 1990s when many hand grenades and firearms were taken home from warfronts.
Serbia’s state TV says the man was angry because he and three of his friends were refused entry by the club’s security. He and one of his friends were killed in the blast.
This example of news item text is taken and arranged from abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/killed-nightclub-blast-serbia-16484353
Well that is all our lesson about news item text. This lesson is given to helps student understand on English news item text types. Every sample of text genres should be provided with generic structure so student get better understanding on what and how the news text is written. Happy learning English Online.