1.en.03 The Google Revolution. Writing an article

Increasingly, new technologies are part of our daily lives, to the point that we cannot conceive the current world without using them. One of the most paradigmatic examples is the Internet network, which we use every day.

One of the most common tools we use in this environment is the Google search engine, which provides us with something that is very important today: quick access to information. But we use it in such an automatic way that we often forget that behind it there are some scientific foundations that make it possible.









On Monday we attended a talk by professor J. Tomàs Lázaro, from the Dept. of Mathematics on the UPC (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya).

In this talk, The Google Revolution, professor Lázaro focused on how to use mathematics to search for information on the Internet.

He explained step by step the mathematical procedures used in 1998 by two young computer students from Stanford University (California, USA), Larry Page and Sergey Brin, to create the search engine for Google and its famous algorithm, called PageRank.

Writing an article

Now, use your notes to write a newspaper article (225 to 250 words).

Features of your Article

Headline: Font type: ARIAL; Font size: 28

Text Font type: ARIAL; Font size: 12

Text in two columns

Images: Include at least one image, don’t forget to add caption (and source if possible)

Here you are some guidelines on how to do it:

Structure of a newspaper article

Newspaper articles usually have a title (called the headline) that is set in large type. The writer of a newspaper article is often not credited; if the author is mentioned, this credit is called the author’s byline.

The beginning of each newspaper article (the first paragraph) is called the lead (one or two sentences long); the lead should summarize the main facts of the article, telling the 5 W’s (who, what, when, where, and why) and how. The first paragraph should also contain a hook, something that grabs the reader’s attention and makes the reader want to read the rest of the article.

The rest of the paragraphs form the body of the article. It can consist of several supporting paragraphs which go into more detail about the topic, often including quotes and interesting facts. The less important information should appear later in the article, since the article may be cropped (shortened) by the editor (the person who puts the newspaper together) to make the article fit on the newspaper page.

This layout is usually called the inverted pyramid layout:     

Task: Imagine you work as a reporter for an English newspaper. Your boss has sent you to cover the talk and write in the next edition of the paper. Use your notes and any extra information you can gather in the web to write a short article (between 175 and 200 words) reflecting the content and the development of the talk.

Don’t forget to follow the Inverted Pyramid layout and include all the different parts of a newspaper article.

To learn more about writing a newspaper article follow this link:

Writing Newspaper Articles

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