News Item is text which used to inform readers, listeners or viewers about events of the day which are considered newsworthy or important. We often find it in a newspaper because the passage often tells the readers about great, important, interesting, tragic, entertaining or fresh incident or events that all people should know about it


To inform readers about events of the day which are considered newsworthy or important

Generic Structure:

  1. Newsworthy event(s): recount the event in summary form.
  2. Background event(s): elaborate what happened, to whom, in what circumstance
  3. Sources: comments by participants in, witnesses to and authorities expert on the event

Language Features:
1. Short, telegraphic information about story captured in headline
2. Using adverbs : time, place and manner.
3. Uses of material processes to retell the event. (mental process is ….)
4. Use of projecting verbal process in sources stage


The examples of News Item:


Newsworthy Event:
Moscow: A Russian journalist has uncovered evidence of another Soviet nuclear catastrophe, which killed 10 sailors and contaminated an entire town

Background/ Elaboration:

Velena Vazrshavskya is the first journalist to speak to people who witnessed the explotion of a nuclear submarine at the nava bas of shkotovo – 22 near Vladivostock.

The accident, which occurred 13 months before the Chaernobyl disaster, spread radioactive fall – out over the base and nearby town, but was covered up by officials of the Soviet Union.

Residents were told the explosion in the reactor of the Victor class submarine during a refit had been a thermal and not a nuclear explosion. And those involved in the clean up operation to remove more than 600 tones of contaminated material were sworn to secrecy.

A board of investigators was later to describe it as the worst accident in the history of the Soviet Navy.



Newsworthy Event:

JAKARTA: The Supreme Court has upheld the 2006 graft conviction of Dicky Iskandar Di Nata, the former president director of PT Brocolin International.

Background :

Dicky was found guilty by the South Jakarta Distric Court of misusing Rp 1.9 trillion in funds from Bank BNI, which he claimed was a “grant from an Israeli investor”. The court sentenced him to 20 years in prison.


“We have rejected Dicky’s appeal. Therefore, he must serve his 20- years prison and pay a fine 0f  Rp 500 million ( US $ 55,000),” presiding justice Artidjo Alkostar was quoted by news portal as saying Thursday- JP.


Undersea earthquake strikes off Maluku

JAKARTA (AP): A strong earthquake struck in eastern Indonesian waters on Tuesday, a meteorological agency said. A local official said there was no threat of a destructive tsunami, and no damage or causalities were immediately reported.

The quake, which had a preliminary magnitude of 6.1, was centered beneath the Banda Sea around 188 kilometers (117 miles) southwest of Ambon, the capital of Maluku province, the U.S. Geological Survey said on its Web site.

The tremor was not felt by residents in the region and there were no reports of damage or casualties, said Aprilianto, an official at a Jakarta-based local Meteorological and Geophysics Agency.


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