Tornado strikes South Bandung – Example of News Item Text

Engliah Admin – This is a very short example of news item. This  news is about natural disaster, that is tornado. How the text is organized? What is the generic structure? Those are the main study of learning English through text approach. This is another example of news item text. For more news item samples, read news item label. The news item text below is about natural disaster, tornado. If you want to know the post about tornado which is categorized as a report text, read Tornadoes as example of Report Text.

Mini-tornado, hail strikes South Bandung

A “mini-tornado” coupled with a hail storm hit some areas in South Bandung on Wednesday afternoon for approximately 30 minutes.

The weather panicked residents as hail stones penetrated corrugated iron rooftops. The wind swirled things around while hail stones made thudding sounds on our roof. Residents reported that the authorities had shut down the electricity in the area to prevent short circuits

“There was no sign of rain. All of a sudden, we saw dark clouds above followed by strong winds. Afterwards, it rained hard with hail stones,” said a resident.

This News item sample is arranged from: thejakartapost.com

Generic Structure Analysis

news item text tornado
Example of news item text tornado striking

How can we say that the text above is a news item sample? To determine whether  it is a news item written text or not, we should look at the generic structure. Here we go!

1. News worthy event: The introduction what, who, where and when. In that sample, we can see the following event
Tornado hit some areas in South Bandung on Wednesday afternoon
2. Series of events: What happened after and followed the main event stated in the first paragraph. He we get them.
hail stones penetrated corrugated iron rooftops

authorities had shut down the electricity in the area to prevent short circuits
3. Source: From where the news is written. The news must be validated
“we saw dark clouds above followed by strong winds. Afterwards, it rained hard with hail stones,” said a resident.
That is all about news item text tornado with generic structure. News item is written report commonly found in news paper, magazine, journal, other science handbook.

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