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The media
Complete the sentences with the words below. There are two extra items.

You can binge-watch a series on ________.

People spend a lot of time gossiping on their favourite ________.

The news can be ________ in newspapers. It's always good to check different sources.

If you work in a factory, you may get the latest news by tuning in to the ________.

We can be greatly influenced by people who write their own personal ________.

Influencers make great use of ________ to express their ideas.
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Summative exercise
________Choose the correct alternative to complete the text.

It this very moment, millions of videos are being posted online on ________ and facial recognition systems are being installed in some European capitals. These can identify people from a digital image or video. Some news ________ have recently ________ that special cameras were being used near a major railway hub in London. ________ not many people are not aware of this, there is some concern about people's privacy. One ________ said that there needed to be legislation in place to control this type of technology. A well-known ________ also uses something similar in its tagging feature. Should we be concerned?
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New media: pros and cons
Read the text and say if the sentences are true (T) or false (F).

Celebrities complain that their privacy is increasingly being taken away because their lives are exposed by the media. However, they are much more exposed if they have a profile on social networks. One solution would be not to have one. However, can they really avoid having a place on the giant social networks that connect everybody everywhere? They certainly can't. Just as people can't avoid being connected to the Web, otherwise they would be literally cut off. But by being connected, our lives are exposed to anybody's curiosity and criticism. Thanks to smartphones, everybody is a photographer and taking pictures in public places and posting them on the Net is not forbidden. It is impossible to imagine the future of social networks, but while we appreciate their advantages, we are still scared of the consequences of the total lack of privacy, which doesn't only come from social networks but from any kind of electronic connection. Every time a credit card is used, a flight is booked online or GPS is turned on, we become exposed. This is called traceability and, among other things, it also exposes us to being sent lots of unwanted advertisements and spam.
A: Celebrities say that their privacy has been taken away and they're not happy about it.
B: The writer suggests that celebrities could avoid having a social profile.
C: People who don't have an Internet connection can be excluded from what is going on around them.
D: Everybody's life is exposed by new media and technology.
E: Smartphones allow people to take pictures easily but they can't upload them onto the Internet.
F: The writer concludes that we are exposed to lots of advertising nowadays.
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Say or tell
Complete the sentences with the correct form of say or tell.

The teacher ________ the class that it was time for a break. Everybody ________ it was a good idea and they all went out into the garden.

Let me ________ you the truth. I ________ you I wasn't going to the party with you because I wasn't feeling well, but it was a lie.

Do you want me to ________ you a story before going to bed? Well, do you remember what Beauty ________ to the Beast when they first met…

Paul ________ he is feeling better but I don't believe him. He ________ me he was in bed all day yesterday with stomach ache and he still doesn't look great.
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Reported speech
Report these statements by completing the sentences. Omit 'that' if it's not necessary.

Valerie: 'Pick up your litter before you leave the park.'
Valerie told us ________ litter before ________ the park.

Jonas: 'I'm watching an interesting show this evening.'
Jonas said he ________ an interesting show ________.

Gary: 'We'll catch a later flight.'
Gary mentioned ________ a later flight.

Martina: 'They mentioned a big fire on the news.'
Martina said ________ a big fire on the news.

The teachers: 'You haven't finished your course work yet'.
The teachers complained ________ course work yet.
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News
Complete the text with the words below. There are two extra items.

Tabloid or gossip magazines feature scandalous stories about famous people. They ________ news (or rather, gossip) about the personal lives of celebrities and other well-known people. They first appeared in the US in the 1950s and 60s and ________ on the lives of famous actors and singers. Some of the most famous are US Weekly and Hello! in the UK. This type of reporting has now spread to TV channels and Internet sites. The journalists use a mixture of ________ for their articles, both factual and more speculative, and not all are always thoroughly ________. This is the opposite of ________ journalism. Many celebrities like to ________ as they like or need to be in the public eye.
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Jobs in the media
Listen to five people talking about their job. Choose the correct speaker for each sentence. Two speakers are used twice.
A: Studied to do something else initially.
B: Works for different types of media and can be threatened.
C: Is responsible for selecting which articles go in the newspaper.
D: Gets up very early in the morning.
E: Has made a career of their job and meets a lot of important people.
F: Needs to speak very clearly to be understood.
G: Has met a lot of celebrities in his / her job.
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Reported questions
Complete the sentences using reported speech and changing the tenses.

The teachers: 'Are you interested in the conference next week?'
The teachers asked if ________ in the conference ________ week.

A tourist: 'Where's the nearest underground station?'
A tourist asked me ________ the nearest underground station ________.

Our friends: 'Where are you all going looking so elegant?'
Our friends asked ________ looking so elegant.

The guide: 'Did you find this museum interesting?'
The guide enquired whether ________ museum interesting.
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Linkers of cause and result
Choose the correct linking word to complete the sentences.

I decided to go to bed early ________ I was tired.

________ they couldn't confirm the story, the editor decided not to print the article.

They had to move to another office ________ the radio station was expanding.

The tourists didn't like the hotel they were staying in ________ they booked into another one.

________ it was still raining, we decided to stay home and watch a film.

________ we hadn't turned on the TV, we missed the news.

My family won a holiday in a magazine competition. ________, we were all very excited.
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Summative exercise
Choose the correct alternative to complete the sentences.

The examiner ________ us to leave our bags in the hall.

A newspaper article about ________ will have accurate and detailed background information about the story.

The politician was asked what he ________ about the unemployment situation.

You can find out about special offers if you read the ________ in newspapers.

Somebody is ________ gossip about the private life of our Prime Minister.

The first thing my brother does when he gets home from school is to ________ the Simpsons, whatever anyone else is watching.

Gossip columnists tend to ________ concerning the person they're writing about.
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