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

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"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.

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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.

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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.

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