Answer Key: The New York Times Best Photos of 2019

Lesson Plan: How The New York Times  Chooses The Best Photos of 2019

II. While Reading Activities

Word Inference

  1. engulf |inˈɡəlfenˈɡəlf| verb [with object] (of a natural force) sweep over (something) so as to surround or cover it completely: the cafe was engulfed in flames | figurative : Europe might be engulfed by war.
  2. *scroll verb (scrolled; scrolling; scrolls) to move text or graphics up or down or across a display screen.
  3. cull |kəl| verb [with object] (usually be culled) select from a large quantity; obtain from a variety of sources: anecdotes culled from Greek and Roman history.
  4. bylinebīˌlīn| noun  a line in a newspaper naming the writer of an article.
  5. anecdote  |ˈanəkˌdōt| noun amusing anecdotes: story, tale, narrative, incident; urban myth/legend; informal yarn.
  6. grueling |ˈɡro͞oəliNG| (British gruelling) adjective extremely tiring and demanding: a grueling schedule.
  7. scrutinize |ˈskro͞otnˌīz| verb [with object] examine or inspect closely and thoroughly: customers were warned to scrutinize the small print.
  8. vice versa |ˌvīs(ə) ˈvərsə| adverb with the main items in the preceding statement the other way around: science must be at the service of man, and not vice versa.
  9. juxtaposition|ˌjəkstəpəˈziSH(ə)n| noun the fact of two things being seen or placed close together with contrasting effect: the juxtaposition of these two images.
  10. aerial |ˈerēəl| adjective [attributive] existing, happening, or operating in the air: an aerial battle | an intrepid aerial adventurer.

Sources:  New Oxford American Dictionary,  *Marriam-Webster

Grammar Focus: Identifying Prepositions

Umbrella-wielding protesters engulfedin tear gas in Hong Kong. A severely malnourished baby girl sprawled on a floor in Venezuela. The first-ever image of a black hole.

For the first time since 2008, the project will have its own special section in the paper, on Dec. 15.

One photographer who came up repeatedly in discussions of the digital and print presentations was Lam Yik Fei, a photojournalist who has covered the protests in Hong Kong for The Times.

Getting just the right mix of images was the most challenging part. The editors considered a number of factors, such as the impact of a photo or its ability to delight, and the variety of images in each month.


Reading Comprehension: Identify The  Speakers

Umi Syam a graphics and multimedia editor who designed the project’s digital presentation.

     “They put you in the photographer’s spot.”

David Furst the International photo editor, described the initial stage as daunting:

“When you feel like you can see the light at the end of the tunnel, you’re reminded that you missed a dozen different news events or these 20 photographers or these 15 projects in the newsroom.”

Meaghan Looram The Times’s director of photography.

“We are always interested in finding images that really represent a particular photographer’s unique way of seeing something.”

Mr. Henson Scales the Op-Ed photo editor.

“One of the big balances is news value versus craftsmanship and beauty,”said. “We’re always having to juggle those kinds of elements.”

Mary Jane Callister an art director who designed the section.

“It’s like a Rubik’s cube.”