• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

“A Window on the World” - To What Extent is This an Accurate Description of TV News?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

"A Window on the World" To What Extent is This an Accurate Description of TV News? Please Support Your Answer with Examples. The news is generally viewed by the public as a "window on the world", but when put under scrutiny this does not appear to be so. The idea of the news being a "window" is that the audience looks through unaided. "A window on the world" suggests that the audience is looking on the world, but many news bulletins mainly focus on national news, as this is what the target audience is perceived to be interested in. However, stations try to convince the public that this statement is true and that their news is authoritative and reliable. A lot of money and effort is put into this by having things like banks of monitors in the background and stakeouts, which aren't necessary to the information being given. Stakeouts simply make the bulletin look like they are informed and involved in the action. They also have many different correspondents, particularly the BBC, for different topics. ...read more.

Middle

It was unnecessary and did not contribute to the story. There were clear victims and villains, which is not unbiased. A "window" is an unedited image but what we see on the news is edited for the viewer. Obviously it would not be possible to merely show unedited footage due to time constraints and some parts may be unsuitable for viewing. It has to be summarised unlike a newspaper, which can give lengthy extended articles. It is also not always easy and safe to get some footage. During the war in Kosovo journalists got their information from Jamie Shea who is a NATO spokesperson. So it was already edited before it reached the news station. This will not provide a "window on the world" if it is given from NATO's point of view. During this time BBC correspondent John Simpson broke this method. During the NATO aerial bombardment of Kosovo and Serbia he interviewed some Serbian civilians in Belgrade who said the campaign wouldn't work. It was told as he saw it and was closer to being "a window on the world". ...read more.

Conclusion

The Glasgow Media Group conducted extensive research looking particularly into industrial relations. They concluded that strike coverage is biased against the workers, portraying them as bad and disruptive. They also showed that those in power affect how a news story is reported. In the case of the 1984-5 miner's strike they found that coverage focused mainly on two issues. Those who had given up the strike and were returning to work and violence between strikers, police and non-strikers. This view was, however, challenged by Hetherington in 1988. He concluded that news coverage of the miner's strike was generally unbiased and fair. Any inaccuracies would be due to insufficient time to distinguish between fact and opinion. It was stated that reports were mostly fair as news broadcasters are generally in the 'middle' of social and political ground like the majority of the population. Given that this is being disputed shows there is an issue and the Glasgow Media Group, in particular, deny that news gives "a window on the world". I agree with this view and given that the news is constructed to gain audiences it does not provide a "window" but more of it's own view of the world. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Narrative section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Narrative essays

  1. Consider the similarities and differences Between a TV news report and a TV Documentary ...

    has a cross marked on it and hasn't been touched by the people who torched the rest of the village. He gets really angry and out of control. Another similarity between warriors and the news clip is the use of mis-en-scene, which is utilized a lot, and this ties into

  2. Compare the representation of ethnicity in a range of popular mainstream TV programmes or ...

    Some TV programmes are more successful in achieving this than others. EastEnders is a popular BBC television soap opera, first broadcast in the United Kingdom on BBC1 on 19 February 1985 and continuing to date. EastEnders storylines examine the domestic and professional lives of the people who live and work

  1. How does Alfred Hitchcock Shape Audience Expectations in the Opening Scenes of Rear Window?

    He just shouts at her and walks out of the room. This hints to the audience that there is going to be tension further on in the film. He is then shown in the garden and when the sculptor offers a suggestion to him is very rude and tells her to go away.

  2. Investigation of TWO Information Systems.

    same as they were, but put a Followup-To line in its header to confine followups to an appropriate group. In any case, it's best for articles that have a Followup-To line to be posted to whatever groups are mentioned in that line, and to mention in the text of the article that followups are redirected.

  1. Espedair Street by Iain Banks.

    These switches are important in developing Daniel's character, because they clearly show the changes in his personality and behaviour. I also found this way of telling the story effective, because the distant past gives added information about the reasons for his behaviour, and the events in the future build up the tension, without giving too many details away.

  2. Media texts that have changed the world?

    This not only offends the people who are suspected but also the public. Because the games are there to make fun of the event, and the innocent lives are simply being devalued. People will start to remember these events as a kiss start for humorous games.

  1. Media TV Coursework

    My program will be very modern (present day sinareos). Advertisers attracted to my program will include firms like JD sports shop that appeals to the target audience. It will involve quite a few of these shops along with big brand names that the target audience like buying from.

  2. Most news is predictable

    Alex goes on about hearing rumours that it was an electrical fault, then a second electrical fault goes off, then he says it is now clear it was no electrical fault it was terrorist bombings and it's no false alarm for the emergency services.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work