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Obtain a copy of a newspaper article related to health and social care. In the forum investigate how the paper has reported the story.1 Each newspaper will have presented the health and social care...

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Obtain a copy of a newspaper article related to health and social care. In the forum investigate how the paper has reported the story.

1 Each newspaper will have presented the health and social care news differently. 

What key message is each putting across in its headlines?

What factual information do they present?

Where is the story located in the newspaper? 

Has the paper sought the views of different people? 

What is the newspaper’s opinion? (You may need to look at the ‘comments’ or ‘editorial’ page to find this out.) 

What is the style of writing?

2 When you have compared the way each newspaper has covered the story, you need to think about how the information has influenced your own perspective. 

What have you learned about the story? 

Which newspaper do you think has given the fairest (most balanced) coverage to the news story? 

What are your reasons for this? 

What is your opinion of the story now? 

How important do you think the story is in relation to health and social care? 

What has influenced your judgement on this?

3 Now consider where you may find out more about the story – to check the accuracy of the information you have read in the newspapers. 

Is there a report that you could read? 

What does the government say about it? 

Where could you get other opinions on the story? 

If you investigate these sources, to what extent does additional information confirm or alter your own opinion and conclusions about the health and social care story?


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