In this assignment/blog post I will be exploring different online news stories and analyzing the parameters of this genre.

Such as:

  • Codes & Conventions
  • Narrative
  • Strengths & Weaknesses
  • Target Audience
  • Ethical Issues

BBC Website – A look back at the life of David Bowie, who has died at 69 ( 11th January 2016)

  • Written story as well as a video that compliments the story highlights – Showing the best parts of their life and the main focus of their career.
  • Conventions: A short clip, showing very few selected clips,
  • In this story of David Bowie, there isn’t a spoken narrative and highlights on the video clip showing his best parts of his life.
  • The pace of the video is quite slow and reflects on why the video has been created and relates to him moving through his life focusing on the best parts.
  • The story is news worthy because he was a famous music legend and was loved for his acting and fashion by many others also.

Narrative – The narrative is told in a linear order showing highlights from his early career to the end of it. The video doesn’t jumble up and links and compliments with the pace of the video. The narrative is also a single strand narrative as it bases itself on moments from David Bowie. The state of this is also in chronological order focusing on his best moments of his career. The video is created in such a way that it protects the rights of Bowie and is used to inform an audience without offending anyone and respecting relatives of Bowie and fans.

BBC Website – Madaya: Desperate wait for aid to besieged Syrian town (10th January 2016)

The voiceover used over the video anchored what we were seeing and informing us on the tragic scenes seen in the video providing further information. One of the worst things that could potentially happen is a misleading story, so it is important that the anchorage is there. The headline and video footage also helps to provide information. The video is also current and up to date which is very important and linked the video back to us telling people what WE are doing about the subject. Brought emotion through the video by showing children who were starving and suffering and anchors the desperate state of affairs by showing the innocence of children who don’t deserve to suffer connoting the sheer tragedy of the event. The hand-held amateur footage also shows the realism of the event and that the event is happening right now. The footage is very formal because of the seriousness of the content. The pace is slow which digests what is happening and adds drama and emphasis to the tragedy of the clips for people to absorb what is happening.  A weakness for the video however, after telling us about the crisis they haven’t told us how we can make the situation better and bring the video to home and highlighting on things that we can do to help and how to sustain the help we can give and the long term effects of what could happen if we don’t help now or what would happen if we did help.  The target audience is aimed at the British public meaning all ages will see and a general age group of 16 – 80 as this is typically an age group where people are self-aware on topics going on around the world.

This content to differ from news found on the CBBC website and Newsround on the CBBC channel.

CBBC Website – Everton fan Noah gets special birthday surprise (10th January 2016)

Newsround is primarily aimed at a younger age group of 6 – 14 as Newsround is usually a softer version of the news and shows more content appropriate for children to view and skim over content and information that may be shocking or upsetting for children. The video is also focusing on a child which gives news value as the audience is more likely to pay attention to the video as they can relate to the video as it is also about a child and about football which is typically a game played by children also. It is also a light hearted story which won’t be shocking to children and show traumatic footage. Because of children having short attention spans, the content pace was quite fast at parts showing the boy receiving his birthday cards and celebrating his birthday. However, when information was being given on the subject, the short amount of information) as kids cannot take in as much as adults could) they pace is slowed down so children can really absorb the content. The language is also very simple and positive making it easier for children to understand and connect with. Newsround also have to be very careful with Online news usually focuses on one story instead of TV news which covers many in a smaller amount of detail. regulations such as the ‘Child Protection Law’ meaning to film children you need a parent’s permission. Content shown also has to be very careful not to be too traumatic or shocking because of the content they are showing children who are very impressionable and easily influenced.  For example, the content actually shows the boy Noah who has a disability and addressing this has to be done in a way which teaches that it is a natural thing and that it shouldn’t be seen as a negative viewpoint because of their disability.

Newsround – The week’s latest news stories: Strange, stranger and strangest (8th January 2016)

This shows how different news content changes depending on whom the target audience is for. The stories are relatable because of the video shown from the dancer teacher (The kids also  go to school) The pace is fast because of the nature of the video being very light hearted and the language used is again, very simple making it easier for younger children to understand

How does TV news differ from broadcast news?

  • Online videos use much more information content to compliment the video being shown as they aren’t usually live so they can add more information.
  • Online news usually focuses on one story instead of TV news which covers many in a smaller amount of detail.
  • TV is a much more studio based way of receiving news by seeing the reporter and journalist give you the information.TV news also has more interviews and a variety of stories in one broadcast and prioritizing the biggest news story first.TV news can also be interrupted by breaking news coming through constantly.

    TV news will also differ on news stories depending on what channel it is based on. (International and national news) Online news tends to be on an international topic while TV sometimes focuses on national news depending on how big the story really is.

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