15. Vocabulary about the media + common  discussion expressions

15. Vocabulary about the media + common discussion expressions

Sam criticises her own newspaper.

Main Practice: Vocabulary related to the media and discussion language.
Revision:          Present Continuous

at the end of the day  -  (Idiom)  in the final analysis; after all has been considered; what
                                                happens after a series of events, i.e.
  • We considered different options but, at the end of the day, the only realistic choice was to postpone the wedding until next year. 
  • At the end of the day, we decided it would disrupt the children's schooling too much so I turned down job in the USA. 

celebrities  -  famous people who are usually in the public eye a lot.

gossip  -  talk or rumours about personal or intimate issues of other people's lives; often
                 malicious, i.e.
-  Danny said that Sue has been in prison.
-  Oh, that's just gossip, I wouldn't believe it. 

have a word with  - (Colloquial) to have brief conversation with someone, i.e.
- Tom's bullying the other staff again.
- All right, I'll have word with him. (i.e. I will ask him to stop.)
  • Could you have a word with the boss; we need a longer coffee break than five minutes?
  • I must have word with the manager: our room wasn't cleaned this morning.

in-depth  -  a deep discussion or, in journalism, a serious, fact-finding story, i.e.
- Have you mentioned the funding for the conference?
- Yes, I had an in-depth discussion with the Minister about it and she has promised to
   have a word with the Prime Minister.

  • Our newspaper's going to do an in-depth story about big business offering bribes for contracts.

 *point taken  -  the speaker agrees with a particular part of an argument, i.e.
- Yes, but I was late because the snow made the traffic slow.
- Point taken, but you knew it had snowed so you should have allowed more time to drive

- We must leave now, the flight is in two hours.
- Point taken, but I can't leave without those papers. We must wait for my secretary to bring 

scandals  -  an action or event the public finds shocking, i.e.
  • The government is involved in another corruption scandal: two Ministers are accused of taking bribes.
  • That newspaper prints nothing but scandals about celebrities' private lives. 

serious journalism  -  media stories concerning current affairs, important issues of the day,
                                           avoiding sensationalist stories about celebrities, scandal and so on.

(to) strike a balance  -   (Idiom) to find a balance or midway position between two conflicting
                                                or contrasing things, i.e.
  • You have to strike a balance between work and finding time to relax.
  • The company is trying to strike a balance between giving workers enough time for breaks and maintaining production during busy periods.
Sam, a journalist, tells her Deputy Editor, Rose, that their newspaper should focus more on serious stories and less on sensationalism.

Complete the sentences. 

Sam:  We're becoming too much like a tabloid newspaper. 

Rose:  Meaning what, Sam?

Sam:   We're filling the paper with sensationalist stories. Look at all the stuff we put out
             about celebrities, soap stars involved in , about the rich and

Rose:  Instead of?

Sam:   More serious journalism, Rose. articles, intelligent comment, analysis of 
             current events. That's what I want to see in the paper. 

Rose:   Yes, all great, but , Sam, we have to sell newspapers and that's
              not so easy now we're in competition with Internet news sites. And gossip and scandal,
              as you know, sell newspapers. 

Sam:    Agreed. But couldn't we ?

Rose:   For example?

Sam:    Downhaven has a thriving arts community, a university doing interesting research, and
              we're the only town in the country with a Green MP; lots of people here are
              passionately interested in the environment, so couldn't we have more articles on the

Rose:   All right. . I'll the Editor.


Complete the sentences with language you've practised.
Hint: two expressions are used twice.

scandals  -  at the end of the day  -  gossip  -  have a word with   -  strike a balance  -  Point taken

1.   - Why do you come to this old cafe, there are much better ones in the town centre?
      - Because this is where I live and I get all the local about everyone. 

2.   - I hear that you and Peter sold your beautiful house. I'm sad.
      - Well, it wasn't an easy decision but we decided we
         had to sell it; it was just too big for the two of us now the children have left home.

3.   - Are you sure we can print this story in the newspaper?
      - Yes, we've done an analysis of the company's business methods.
         Don't worry, we can prove they are dishonest; we can't be sued.

4.   - If we borrow the money from the bank in six months the interest rate will be lower.
      - , but we need the money to expand the business now. The extra profits
         will cover the higher interest rate.

5.  I must John about coming into work at eleven or twelve every day.
     We're a fairly relaxed office and John does stay later in the evening but,
     , we all need to work together and that's difficult when he comes
     two hours later than everyone else.  

6.  You're working too much. You have to between work and finding time
      to relax.

7.   - I want Susan to resign from our political party. There are too many
        about her private life appearing in the media.
     - , however, she has told me she won't resign and that the stories
        are unproven and can't be proven because they are untrue.