TV news conventions.
I’m going to talk about all the TV news conventions and what effect they have
on the viewers.
is very common for any news channel to have headlines, then they will pick
one headline and talk about it, and have few seconds break to introduce all the
other headlines talk about the time they will come on.
Visual coding it’s important to have in news because you need to see the big
table or the person standing up next to the big screen showing images that’s
how you know its news. So usually you would see so many computers at the
back and people working on it, and see the person that’s introducing the news
talking and wearing smart clothing looking professional that’s the visual coding
You would often see the person who is introducing the news and talking about
is sitting down and it would be a mid-shot, you can see her facial expressions
and you have lots of TVs and other computer behind the person speaking,
showing that’s everyone is trying to get the latest news and it just looks
professional and the expectation of news.
to be professional and serious, talk formal throughout the broadcast.
Having interviews during the news is good because it makes you feel like
you’re getting the latest news, also have professionals talking about the
situation is very reliable , and usually they would have someone speaking
directly from the event live.
Titles to tell us names
Is an easy way to put information on the screen on who the person is and what
is their position.
L cuts over visuals
Makes it more reliable for example a doctor wearing he’s uniform in a hospital
is more believable and realistic.
Music at the beginning
Grabs people attention it’s like a theme that they have, so when you hear it
you know it’s the news and that it’s important the music shows seriousness,
and is something people can recognize quickly.
you have to dress smart and look really professional that’s the acceptation to
be in the TV news, so people can take you serious.
people that don’t want to show their face on TV their blur faces and you can
just hear the voice, this shows that the TV news respect the public wishes.
When people talk about a topic they would being out an old footages to show
evidence or historical events or add detail without the need for additional
One of the big conventions on TV news is headline, they would usually start
the news by showing all headlines this helps the viewers because it tells them
all the big news that’s happening in the world right that minute then
sometimes they would have breaking news, on the screen to show people that
important news came in.
Photos- slow zooms
they use slow zooms to show the details of the picture and people can see it
clearly they often zoom in and out so they audience can see the whole picture.
Additional information provided visually
they would give you extra information for those people who are interested
more on the topic, for example sports news, they would have match of the day
to show people all the sports news they have missed.
• Form: TV news bulletin
• · Structure: Headlines, news
reports, sport, weather
• · Content: Current affairs
• · Technical conventions: Codes and
• · Mode of address: Formal, serious,
informative (Commercial TV news a
bit less formal) tries to be objective.