Episode 05: Good journalism?


Bindyu has done something to save the café, but is it the right thing to do?

Do the Preparation task first. Then listen to the audio. Next go to each Task and do the activity. If you need help, you can read the Transcript at any time.


Before you listen

We suggest you do the vocabulary activity below before you listen. Then listen to the episode and do the first task to check your understanding. Finally, practise some vocabulary and grammar.



Audio script

Harry: “Campaign to save local shops”

Bindyu: Yes, they put my article on the front page of the newspaper...

Harry: “Historic buildings threatened by new development”

Bindyu: I feel like a real journalist now!

Olivia: It must make a change from writing about interior design...

Bindyu: Oh, yes...

Sarah: Let’s have a look...

Harry: Great photo as well – look, you can see my banner on the front of the café!

Sarah: “We have discovered that Tony’s Café and the shoe shop threatened with demolition are actually historic buildings...” Erm, it was really me and my friend who discovered that, Bindyu, not you...

Bindyu: Yes, you’re right, but what’s important is that now they can’t close the café...!

Olivia: Or my shop....

Bindyu: Exactly!

Sarah: I guess you’re right... “We have found exclusive information which shows that the company building the new flats – who want to demolish the historic buildings to make more space – know they should not demolish the buildings...”  Hang on! The building company already know! How did you find that out? 

Bindyu: It’s an exclusive! A scoop!

Sarah: But how did you find that information?

Bindyu: That’s a secret!

Olivia: Go on, tell us!

Bindyu: A good journalist never reveals her sources!

Sarah: Go on, tell us!

Bindyu: Magda told me!

Magda: Hello everyone!

Olivia: Talk of the devil...

Magda: Sorry? Devil?

Olivia: Magda, I’m sorry... it’s just an expression...

Magda: What does it mean?

Olivia: If you’re talking about somebody, and then they appear, you say: “Talk of the devil...”

Magda: Oh. I see. And why were you talking about me?

Olivia: You gave some important information to Bindyu...

Magda: Well, yes, it’s true – I did find out some interesting information. It’s my new job – I work for that company, you know...

Olivia: Yeah. I was surprised you found that confidential information!

Magda: But I didn’t think you’d write about it, Bindyu! 

Bindyu: Don’t worry – I didn’t mention your name anywhere! This is good journalism...

Magda: I guess so, but... if my employers find out I gave information to you, I could be in trouble! I might lose my job!

Olivia: Oh no...

Bindyu: Don’t worry, Magda. No one will know, and our campaign will be successful...

Magda: OK

Harry: Yeah – you watch – there’s no way they can close the café now!

Olivia: I hope you’re right...

Sarah: Oh!

Magda: Wow!

Harry: Hey!

Olivia: Hi!!

Bindyu: Erm, who’s this?

All: Johnny!!!

Johnny: Hi!!!

Olivia: Welcome back!

Harry: Good to see you, man!

Johnny: Good to see you all again! I’m back!!

Task 1

Task 2

Task 3

Task 4

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Submitted by dhiyaa on Tue, 19/09/2023 - 19:08


good journalist i very happy about this news because i don't want to close cafe

Submitted by nikoslado on Sun, 24/07/2022 - 12:02


There is another typo (missing letter 'r') : ''to efer to something or someone

Hi nikoslado,

Sorry, these were just typos. I'm not sure how they happened, but thank you for letting us know and I've corrected them.

Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by nikoslado on Sun, 24/07/2022 - 11:55


Dear Team
in the preparation task, there is: ''a big, important news storya''.Is ''storya'' any Anglishism or simply a typo?
With regards,

Submitted by jmajo on Wed, 21/08/2019 - 14:27

Thanks for the episode, it was really useful.