Deconstructing TV News

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  • Deconstructing TV News

    1. 1. Week 12Deconstructing TV News
    2. 2. Advantages of TV It makes you a witness to important events in real time It can be a powerful tool forIt makes news personal, relatable It creates a national experience
    3. 3. Disadvantages of TV Airtime is limited, brevity rules, so context is often sacrificedPowerful personalities and emotions distract viewers from facts Important stories without good video get little or no air-time
    4. 4. Deconstructing TV NewsHow to Evaluate Television News
    5. 5. Deconstructing TV NewsWNBC News Rats Out KFC/Taco Bell
    6. 6. Evaluate these sources:
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    8. 8. Lessons for the TV News Consumer: • Be active, not passive: Keep your brain engaged. Supplement TV news with web, radio and print news.• Understand TV’s limitations, rely on its strengths.
    9. 9. Types of TV News Reporting - Breaking News - Taped Stories for Broadcasts - Planned Major Events - Live Reporting
    10. 10. Live TV News Can Be
    11. 11. Useful Terms You Will Use In Discussing TV News 1. Ratings 2. Local vs. Network 3. Cable vs. Broadcast 4. Correspondent, Editor, Producer, Anchor 5. Live vs. tapedWho Decides What Is News? The Clicker(s)
    12. 12. Deconstruction is Deconstruction1) Summarize the main points: Does the promo and the lead- in support the main point(s)?2) How close does the reporter come to opening the freezer? Is the evidence direct or arms- length?
    13. 13. Deconstruction is Deconstruction3) Evaluate the reliability of thesources using I’M VA/IN4) Does the reporter make his/ her work transparent?5) Does the reporter place the story in context?
    14. 14. Deconstruction is Deconstruction6) Are the key questionsanswered? - -When -Why? -What - -7) Is the story fair?
    15. 15. Questions Unique to TV News: Are you being manipulated by the speed of cuts or types of transitions? Is the sound added or altered?Is this story suited to TV’s strengths?
    16. 16. Deconstructing TV News A Hit and Run Accident
    17. 17. Evaluate these sources:
    18. 18. Deconstructing TV News
    19. 19. Evaluate these sources:
    20. 20. Deconstructing TV News
    21. 21. Deconstructing TV NewsFEMA Trailers Making Residents
    22. 22. Evaluate these sources:
    23. 23. TV News on the Web
    24. 24. TV News on the Web
    25. 25. Rules for the TV News Consumer Be Aware of the Sinners Show and refer to only one point of view Language and or production techniques that can manipulate your Little or no independent reporting Only one eyewitness; no sourcing
    26. 26. Rules for the TV News Consumer Look for the Winners Differing viewpoints of a controversial story First-hand accounts, good sourcing, credible eyewitnesses, independent, verified information
    27. 27. Rules for the TV News Consumer Look for the Winners Comprehensive: Did you learn,“who, what, when, where, why and how”? Verification, transparency and context.
    28. 28. Assignment• Complete the Bootcamp Investigation worksheet (follow assignment directions on class website)• Due in class December 7.
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    32. 32. Assignment• Complete the Bootcamp Investigation worksheet (follow assignment directions on class website)• Due in class December 7.
    33. 33. Due in class December 7Final • Reads like a letter, not a research paper.paper • Demonstrates you’ve learned to spot and ignore junk news. • Demonstrates you know how to find reliable news • Demonstrates you know how to use news for:  Making a decision,  Taking action, or  Making a judgment Your writing should reveal your process of evaluating news reports.
    34. 34. Final exam• Similar to midterm• Available during Finals Week
    35. 35. See you in class Dec Wednesday 7

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