Lesson Plan

News Journalism: Radio News - Lesson

Lesson Plan

Level(s): Grades 7 - 10

Author: This unit was adapted from lessons created by Rosalind Ross, David Halliday and John Crocker of the Durham Board of Education in The AML Anthology (1990), produced by the Association for Media Literacy.


This lesson is part of a unit that explores news journalism across the media. In this lesson, students learn the differences between print and non-print journalism by looking at how news is reported on radio and then comparing it to newspaper and television news. Students begin with an analysis of their radio-listening habits and an introduction to the terms and vocabulary associated with radio and television. As a group, they will analyze, contrast and compare news broadcasts from a variety of radio stations, as well as compare radio journalism to print journalism. As a final assignment, students will compare the strengths and weakness of both television and radio as sources of news.

Learning Outcomes

Students will demonstrate:

  • an understanding of the terminology associated with radio and television
  • an appreciation of the strengths and the weaknesses of a variety of mediums as sources of information
  • an appreciation of the role that target audience plays in the creation and content of a news broadcast on radio or on television
  • an awareness of the way in which news is “packaged” for a particular target audience
  • an awareness of their radio-listening habits and attitudes
  • an understanding of how different mediums approach news reporting

This lesson and all associated documents (handouts, overheads, backgrounders) is available in an easy-print, pdf kit version.

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