How to Write a News Report

How to write a news report

A news report provides a factual account of an event or situation. At the end of this lesson, you will be able to understand how to structure a news report so you can write one yourself with more confidence.

  • Time

    40-60 minutes

  • Main Skill


  • Theme and topic

    Human Ingenuity - How to write a news report

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    Listening or Reading Comprehension Exercise

Warm up
Exercise 1
Exercise 2
Exam Practice

Read this news report and answer the questions that follow.

Local Student Shatters Record for Balancing Books on Head

By Lada Little
March 23, 2024

In a remarkable display of balance and focus, local high school student Mia Johnson recently shattered the record for simultaneously balancing the most books on her head. Surrounded by a crowd of cheering classmates and amazed teachers, Mia's feat captured the community's imagination and highlighted the diverse talents of today's young people.

The event took place during the school's annual talent show, where students showcased their unique abilities. As Mia stepped onto the stage, carrying a stack of 30 books, the audience murmured with anticipation. The previous record stood at 25 books, set by a student from a neighbouring town, but Mia was determined to surpass it.

With a calm and focused demeanour, Mia carefully balanced the books on her head, one by one. As the stack grew taller, the audience watched in awe, holding their breath with each new addition. It was a test of both physical and mental strength, requiring precise balance and unwavering concentration.

After what seemed like an eternity, Mia balanced all 30 books on her head, significantly breaking the previous record. The crowd erupted into applause, cheering for Mia's incredible achievement. Her classmates were incredibly proud, knowing they witnessed history in the making.

Mia's teachers were equally impressed by her accomplishment. Mrs Rodriguez, Mia's English teacher, described her as a dedicated, hardworking student who always gives her best. "Mia's ability to focus and stay calm under pressure is truly remarkable," Mrs. Rodriguez said. "She is an inspiration to us all."

Mr. Thompson, Mia's math teacher, echoed Mrs. Rodriguez's sentiments, adding that Mia's record-breaking feat was a testament to her perseverance and determination. "Mia has shown us that with hard work and dedication, anything is possible," Mr. Thompson said. "She has set a high bar for her peers to strive towards."

For Mia, breaking the record was a dream come true. "I've always loved balancing things, and when I heard about the record, I knew I had to give it a try," Mia said. "It feels amazing to have achieved something so special, and I hope to inspire others to pursue their passions, no matter how unusual they may seem."

As Mia posed for photos with her stack of books, her smile radiated joy and pride. She had not only broken a record but had also captured the hearts of everyone who witnessed her incredible feat. In a world filled with challenges and uncertainties, Mia's story serves as a reminder of the power of human ingenuity and the limitless potential of the human spirit.

Listen to the audio and answer the following questions.

Use an appropriate text type from the options below the task choose. Write 450 to 600 words.

1. Human Ingenuity comes in many forms. With the growth of social media and the popularity of the Guinness Book of World Records, unusual talents are showcased and celebrated regularly. Write a text in which a local student achieves fame for breaking a record for something unusual. Focus on the event in which the record was broken, the student who broke the record and the reactions of people who witnessed the event.

  • A Official Report
  • A Blog
  • A News Report

IB English B Language Skills

  • Listening & Speaking

    Skills to communicate both professionally and socially.

  • Reading

    Skills to stimulates imagination memory and recall information

  • Writing

    Skills to foster the ability to explain and refine ideas.

IB English B Themes

  • Experiences

    Opportunities to consider how events which take place impact an individual's life.

  • Human Ingenuity

    Opportunities to explore the sciences, technology and creativity.

  • Identities

    Opportunities to discover interests, values, belief and culture.

  • Sharing The Planet

    Opportunities to look at the challenges faced by individuals and communities in the modern world.

  • Social Organization

    Opportunities to explore the way in which groups of people organise themselves through common systems or interests.

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