In this blog post,  I will exploring different online news stories and analysing parameters of this genre.

Example- BBC News Website- A look back at the life of David Bowie, who has died aged 69- 11/01/16

  • Codes and Conventions
  • Short and to the point
  • They have shown the best clips of David Bowie to highlight his life
  • The pace of the clip is fairly slow which is appropriate for why we are looking at the clip because it fits with the mood instead of being bombarded with multiple clips at once.
  • The story is news worthy everybody knows who he is.
  • In this particular clip, we haven’t been told why we have been told why we are looking at the clip that has been provided, however the headline anchors the clip and tells us why we are watching it.
  • Narrative
  • It’s in a linear narrative because all the small clips that were put together were in chronological order, this is relevant to the news story because it acts as a flashback throughout all of his life from his earlier career to his late career in a logical order to remember him in the order that he lived.
  • It is a single strand narrative because it is all about him.
  • Strengths and Weaknesses
  • It gave a really good overview of his career and showed his highlights in a positive way
  • It has been presented in a logical order and it’s easy to follow because of where the title is placed and the order of the clip.
  • The slow pace of the clip is a positive because it relates well to the story and the occasion and it reflects the mood of what people are feeling.
  • Targeted Audience
  • The target audience is typically aimed at people who like David Bowie, or even people who know of him because he is such a famous person who everybody knows.

 

 

Example- BBC News Website- Madaya: Desperate wait for aid by besieged Syrian town- 10/01/16

  • Codes and Conventions
  • There is a narrator over the clip and she was also providing anchorage for the clips, this was conventional as she was telling us what’s happening so that it doesn’t mislead people
  • It was current and in present day, the narrator was talking about the story as if it’s happening now (which it is)
  • Its news worthy because people need to be made aware about it so that something can be done about it
  • They were showing the extremes of the scene so it wasn’t easy to watch a upsetting to view for the audience, making them upset and worried, they did this by showing children who are innocent people who shouldn’t have to go through anything like that.
  • Its conventional that it looked ‘ammeter footage’ because it sometimes looked that it was a handheld camera instead of being on a tripod which makes it seem more distressing in the scene because it seems shows the audience that it’s happening now and they haven’t got time to set up a tripod and set up a proper camera because the people need to be helped now. It also makes the audience feel like we are at the scene now which again, makes it more distressing and upsetting.
  • The style is typically formal for a news story
  • The pace is fairly slow in order for the audience to absorb what was being said/shown.
  • Narrative
  • It is a linear narrative
  • A single strand narrative because it was only about 1 subject
  • Strengths and Weaknesses
  • The pace reflects on the story because there is a lot of traumatic information therefore w it needs to be at a slow pace so that we can fully absorb what is happening.
  • It’s on location which is a strength because its more shocking for the audience to see what’s actually happened
  • They showed the extreme cases of what’s happened and how much damage there is
  • Having the journalist talk over the clip was important so that we can fully understand what is happening.
  • A weakness of the news story was that there was no possible solution being told to the audience about how they can help.
  • Targeted Audience
  • The target audience is the general British public.
  • The age group is around 15 years and upwards.

 

Example- News Round- Everton fan Noah gets special birthday surprise- 11/01/16

  • News Value
  • The story is about a child therefore it will be news value to them
  • He is disabled therefore he cannot do the things that children can do without a disability, therefore he’s getting a treat
  • They are making disability feel normal for children
  • Targeted Audience
  • Football fans
  • Age group- from 6-14 years because it talks in simplistic language and the topic is not something that older people would necessarily think is news worthy.
  • Pace– The pace was quite fast at some points because of football etc., however the pace of the actual narrator was slow in order for the low ages target audience to fully understand and absorb the information.
  • Language– The language was very simplistic because the target audience is children; therefore language needs to be soft and simple.
  • Ethical Consideration– It doesn’t make a difference whether the boy is disabled or not, it only touches on the subject matter lightly

 

BBC News round- The week’s weirdest news stories: Strange, Stranger, Strangest- 8/03/16

  • Pace– The pace of this news story is fairly quick because of the nature of the story which is being covered, s it is a light and soft story which is easy to follow.
  • Language– The language is simplistic in order for a younger age group to understand.

 

Example- BBC News Website- Warrington girl with rare condition granted train drive wish

  • Codes and Conventions-
  • Short and to the point
  • They have shown clips of what the little girl is doing to give the spectator a clear visual aspect of what is happening.
  • The pace of the clip is fairly slow therefore gives the target audience time to take it in.
  • The story is news worthy for people who catch trains.
  • In this particular clip, the headline anchors the clip and tells us why we are watching it, but there is also someone talking over the clip telling us what’s happening as well.
  • Narrative-
  • It’s in a linear narrative because the narrator starts off by telling us how the train driver met the little girl, and then goes onto say what then happened, therefore it is in chronological order.
  • It is a single strand narrative because it is all about the little girl.
  • Strengths and Weaknesses-
  • Its presented in a logical order and it’s easy to follow because of where the title is placed and the order of the clip.
  • The slow pace of the clip is a positive because it’s a nice story and it wouldn’t have the same effect on people if it was in a really fast pace.
  • Targeted Audience-
  • The target audience is typically aimed at people who catch trains often in the local area or anyone who just lives in or near Warrington because this is where the news report is happing.

 

How does TV broadcasting differ from online news videos?

  • TV broadcasting shows the breaking news at the bottom of the screen showing how current and up to date it is
  • You usually get more detail on online news because it is being put into writing therefore more detail can be said as there is no time limit.
  • In TV broadcasting there is a more variety of stories whereas online there only seems to be one topic.

 

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