NEWSPAPER ARTICLE ANALYSIS

О.А.ЗИНИНА М.П.ТЕЛЕНЬ

ЯЗЫК СМИ:

ГАЗЕТНЫЕ СТАТЬИ ДЛЯ

АНАЛИЗА И ОБСУЖДЕНИЯ

LANGUAGE OF MASS MEDIA:

NEWSPAPER ARTICLES

FOR ANALYSIS AND DISCUSSION

Учебно-методическое пособие

для студентов 4 курса

факультета английского языка

Минск 2010

Учебное издание

Зинина Ольга Александровна

Телень Марина Петровна

ЯЗЫК СМИ:

ГАЗЕТНЫЕ СТАТЬИ ДЛЯ

АНАЛИЗА И ОБСУЖДЕНИЯ

Учебно-методическое пособие

для студентов 4 курса

факультета английского языка

Корректор ответственный за выпуск М.П. Телень

Компьютерный набор М.П. Телень

Подписано в печать Формат Бумага офсетная. Гарнитура “Таймс”.

Офсетная печать. Усл. печ. л. Уч-изд. л. Тираж Заказ

Издатель и полиграфическое исполнение:

Рецензенты : кандидат филологических наук, доцент С.А.Хоменко

(БГУ); кандидат филологических наук, доцент В.Н.Винокурова (МГЛУ)

Зинина, О.А.

З Язык СМИ : газетные статьи для анализа и обсуждения =

Language of Mass Media : Newspaper Articles for Analysis and

Discussion : учеб.-метод. пособие для студентов 4 курса фак-та англ.

яз./ О.А.Зинина, М.П.Телень. - Минск : МГЛУ, 2010. - с.

ISNB

Настоящее учебно-методическое пособие содержит оригинальные

газетные статьи по четырем тематическим разделам : терроризм, войны,

преступность, мировые рынки.; включает общую схему анализа газетной статьи.

Цель пособия состоит в выработке у студентов умений и навыков, связанных с

чтением и адекватной интерпретацией прагматики англоязычных газетных

статей на основе знания как социальных реалий, так и законов жанрового

структурирования текста.

Предназначено для студентов 4 курса факультета английского языка

в рамках подготовки по дисциплине «Язык СМИ».

УДК

ББК

ISNB© УО “Минский государственный лингвистический университет”, 2010

© Зинина О.А., Телень М.П., 2010

Contents

Introduction

Newspaper Article Analysis

Unit 1 Terrorism

Text 1.1 The war on terror is not new

Text 1.2 Washington cites shortage of linguists for key security jobs

Text 1.3 Timeline: Russia terror attacks

Text 1.4 Germany accused of paying large ransom for release of

hostages

Text 1.5 Hotel blast kills 25 as Pakistan crisis deepens

Text 1.6 Triple blasts rock Egypt resort

Text 1.7 Gunmen kill top Mexican policeman

Text 1.8 Colombian rebels release 4 hostages

Text 1.9 Tigers sink ship on polling day

Text 1.10 The suicide bomber is the smartest of smart bombs

Text 1.11 Man guilty over nail bombs plot

Unit 2 Wars

Text 2.1 Conflicts rage across the globe

Text 2.2 War on Iraq begins

Text 2.3 Toil and trouble

Text 2.4 ‘Stalin’s world’ theme park a hit

Text 2.5 Not on our watch – how Hollywood made America care

about Darfur

Text 2.6 Famine looms as wars rend horn of Africa

Text 2.7 Palestinian TV uses Mickey Mouse to promote resistance

Text 2.8 Israelis plan more homes on occupied land

Text 2.9 Revolt against the peasant president

Text 2.10 North Korea fires two more short-range missiles in defiant

act after nuclear test

Unit 3 Crime and Punishment

Text 3.1 Seeking the roots of violence

Text 3.2 The devil’s disciple

Text 3.3 The rise of the cyber-stalker

Text 3.4 Migrant crime wave a myth – police study

Text 3.5 One in three back carrying knives

Text 3.6 Her crime was to fall in love. She paid with her life

Text 3.7 US deal over illegal immigrants

Text 3.8 Prosecutors charge disgraced cloning scientist

Text 3.9 ‘Mom, mom, it’s not right.’ After a day at home, Paris

Hilton is back in jail

Text 3.10 Naomi Campbell pleads guilty to assaulting airport police

Text 3.11 Iran arrests ‘Agatha Christie serial killer’

Unit 4 Global markets

Text 4.1 Shares jump on short war hopes

Text 4.2 US recession fears weigh on world stocks

Text 4.3 UK’s super-rich ‘getting richer’

Text 4.4 The world has two energy crises but no real answers

Text 4.5 World will face oil crunch ‘in five years’

Text 4.6 Starbucks warns of falling profits as US consumers tighten

belts

Text 4.7 Russo-German gas deal irks Poland

Text 4.8 Aging Turkish immigrants pose new tests for Germany

Text 4.9 The band plays on as Communist Cuba embraces heart of

capitalism

Text 4.10 Latin America’s oil rebels rebuff EU

Text 4.11 Watch your step: fashion industry told to ‘grow up’ over

models health and safety

Text 4.12 China’s rural millions left behind

Appendix: News and Feature Stories

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INTRODUCTION

The importance of mass media in the fabric of modern society and the growing role of the media as a source of information make media studies an important component of the university curriculum.

This book is one of a series of Language of Mass Media course books and is designed to provide students with the material necessary for developing reading skills and the ability to adequately interpret the pragmatics of newspaper articles.

The textbook contains up-to-date authentic newspaper articles from British and American newspapers: The Times, The Financial Times, The Guardian,

The Observer, The International Herald Tribune, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, as well as articles of the informational services of BBC News and CNN News over the period 2001 - 2009.

The selected texts appear in their original form and cover four topics: Terrorism, Wars and Conflicts, Crime and Punishment, Global Markets, which are studied by 4th year students of the English Faculty taking the Language of Mass Media Course.

The articles represent different genres: straight news stories with their basic and unvarnished lead-and-summary form (also known as “inverted pyramid”); feature stories which seek to take an in-depth look at issues behind a news story, to analyze and examine events from certain angle; and finally “featurized” news stories (or mixed/ hybrid stories) which combine traits from both information and analytical genres.

The stories differ in length, some reflect the stance of the paper, others, like op-eds, offer alternative viewpoints on the issues under consideration, sometimes offering a dissenting opinion, for example, the article “Toil and Trouble” by the well-known New York Times op-ed columnist Maureen Dowd (text 2.3).

Through the study of articles students develop an awareness of major international events, significant and complex political, economic processes, learn to critically think and evaluate dramatic changes that have taken place over the past decade around the globe.

They should also acquire insights regarding main principles and features of journalistic writing, which are vital to anyone who wishes to read and understand newspapers and magazines.

The textbook contains a scheme of analysis of newspaper articles which sets forth guidelines for analyzing the texts and helps students better understand the content, style and vocabulary of the text, the implications of its figurative language and communicative strategies. The scheme suggests some potential general dimensions and questions for use in evaluating and discussing the articles.

At the end of the book an appendix is included to provide brief information on major compositional and structural differences between news stories and feature stories, as well as the list of different types of feature stories.

The textbook “Language of Mass Media: Newspaper Articles for Analysis and Discussion” is intended for usage within the framework of the course “Language of Mass Media” for 4th year students of the English Faculty of MSLU. It can also be used by all those who are involved in studying the language of mass media and are interested in crucial issues of today’s world covered by the press.

The textbook is suitable for classroom use and for self-study.

NEWSPAPER ARTICLE ANALYSIS

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