Describe a person you saw in the news who you want to meet.
You should say:
who the person was
when you saw him or her
what was the news about
and explain how you felt about the person or the news
A person I think I’d like to meet that I’ve seen in the news is Oprah Winfrey. You may know her, she’s one of the richest women in the world – she’s a TV host from the US. I am not sure how often she is on the news, but she has her talk show, she hosts it, The Oprah Winfrey Show, and I’ve seen it multiple times, and I really like her personality, her attitude and assertive character and the way she interviews people, listens to them and offers her opinions. I did see her on the news several years ago, in fact. It was a time when she went into a high-end handbag shop and was looking at different and very expensive bags. The shop assistant did not recognize her, and was apparently very rude to her by refusing to take down from a high shelf behind her, a very expensive bag that Oprah wanted to see, and Oprah felt that she was treated in this way because she is a black woman – because of racial prejudice. Anyway, I saw this both in the newspaper and on television, because even though Oprah did not reveal which shop it was (because she didn’t want to damage the reputation of the store), she did openly discuss the incident with the media, and then someone in the BBC, I think, managed to track down the actual shop, who then gave a public global apology, claiming it was a misunderstanding. I think the incident took place in Switzerland, I’m not sure. I am not sure how I felt about this incident. I think it’s an interesting story, and I’m always interested to see international news stories especially about famous stars like Oprah Winfrey.
1. What kind of people can be usually seen in the news?
Politicians usually feature in the news a lot, and some celebrities. And, of course, reporters and news presenters who go to different places and different countries to deliver live reports on television.
2. Do you think famous people, celebrities, can have a big influence on the general public by their behavior?
Yes, I think so. Especially on young people. Young people like to have idols and role models and they tend to get very passionate about following famous people sometimes, especially singers, pop icons, sports personalities and some actors. So, famous people have a responsibility to behave fairly decently in the public eye, so that they do not negatively influence young people, in particular. Also, today the media are like vultures, they are always following famous people looking for gossip – so if you’re famous you not only have to make sure you behave perfectly in public, but you must also protect your private life from snooping journalists who are looking for a story. So, yes, it’s not always the responsibility of the celebrity, it’s also the gossip from the media that can have an influence on young people.
3. What kind of issues are frequently reported in the news?
Oh, lots of things are reported in the news… The news might talk about international events, treaties, conflicts, and major things that are happening in the world between governments. The news might also cover the environment, the economy, business news… things like this.
If there is a natural disaster like a hurricane or an earthquake or something, this will be reported, and sometimes a reporter will be sent there to do a live report on the event, maybe interview some locals and so forth – for example, only a few weeks ago I heard about the eruption of a volcano in New Zealand. Reporters arrived on the scene shortly after the incident and interviewed some of the relief crew on live television. Things like this are commonly reported on the news, both on television, and on line.
4. What’s the difference between the news nowadays and the news in the past?
The main difference between the news today and the news in the past is that in the past everyone relied on TV and newspapers for news, but today people read most of their news on their smartphones. So, the news is more up-to-date today than in the past. It’s an interesting topic because today there are different opinions about the reliability of the news. Some people say we can trust the news more today, and some people think we should trust the news less, because there is more censorship and control of the news. I’m not sure what I think to be honest. Because there are so many more ways of getting news from all over the place, I don’t really know whether we can trust it more or less than in the past, but I do know that it’s much easier to access the news and reading news on our phones is certainly is a good way to kill time on the subway or in a taxi, or when you’re waiting to be served in a restaurant or other times like this.