Newsworthy event/Main EventPart of text which tells readers about the main idea or the main topic of the text.
Background EventPart of text which tells readers about the background of the event. It consists of the event’s place, time, people, etc.
SourcePart of text which tells readers about the experts’ or witnesses’ comments of the event.
Example Seven Killed in Accident on Jalan SultanNewsworthy EventSeven people were killed in a collision between a bus, a car and a truck at10:35 p.m. on Jalan Sultan last night.Backgroud EventThe dead were all passengers in the car. Police believe the car may havebeen trying to overtake the bus when it was struck by a truck coming fromthe opposite direction. The driver of the car may not have been using hislights, as the truck driver said he did not see the car approaching.SourcesThe police said the car should not have been trying to pass the bus, sinceovertaking is not allowed on Jalan Sultan. In addition, the police reportedthat the car–a small Japanese car–should not have been carrying more thanfive people. The names of the victims are not yet known.
Students’ TaskWrite another example of News Item Text.You may choose the topic based on the news that you watched on the TV program.