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Consider the similarities and differences Between a TV news report and a TV Documentary Drama film of the same Incident

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Consider the similarities and differences Between a TV news report and a TV Documentary Drama film of the same Incident Here I will be discussing the similarities and differences, the responses and the power to shock inform and creature change for the before-mentioned drama documentary 'Warriors', and an 8-minute news clip broadcast at 23rd April 1993 by the BBC. The reporter was Martin Bell from the BBCM and it was shot on location at the village of Annichi (Bosnia). Warriors is a BBC Drama Documentary, filmed on location at the same place as the news report, and at about the same time. A 'Drama Documentary' is usually classified as a Documentary with dramatic elements, and which serves to entertain to a degree as well as inform. Both the news clip and Warriors aim to inform and educate. This can be backed up as the sole reason news programs exist for is to inform and educate, and Warriors is a Drama Documentary and documentaries exist to educate and inform, and to create change. Also not all things shown that are unsuitable for a universal audience are 'covered up', so they both inform and educate to a higher degree. To some degree is provides entertainment too, as some people enjoy scenes of violence as shown. ...read more.

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In the news clip the camera is still and fixed most of the time, like when the reporter is talking the camera is fixed on him. Violence limits are higher for the drama documentary than the news clip, this can be proved because I don't think a shot was fired once in the news clip, yet in warriors there are quite a few gunshots, and a few people are dying too. In the news report acts of extreme violence are rarely displayed, as the main goal of 'news' reports are to inform. Hence 'Drama Documentaries' are generally allowed more, as they aim to educate, and sometimes violence is needed more. Another factor contributing to the limits are the BBC guidelines, which put restraints on any BBC content, such as the news clip. Another difference is the narrator. In the BBC news clip the narrator is the reporter, yet Warriors is completely without a Narrator. This may be because Warriors has characters, who talk amongst each other about what is going on, their feelings, etc, and that the news clip has no characters, so a narrator is needed. Another difference is the production times. Being a daily news report the news clip doesn't have much time to get filmed, in a way it is rushed, as some of the finer visual details are missing. ...read more.

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That, however, greatly increases the shock at that moment. Building the tension up defiantly has an impact upon the shock. The 'Drama' part of 'Drama Documentary' can usually include shock, so it is not really a surprise to see it there. However, the news clip's main function is to inform, not create Drama. The only shock in the clip is the news itself, which the documentary shares. The drama documentary shows the audience more, and the music etc might tangle with the viewer's views. This could create change, but it might not be completely reliable. However, it could certainly change people's perceptions towards one of the sides, in Warriors it will make them side with the soldiers and the victims, as they are portrayed as the 'good guys who are fighting to save the defenseless inhabitants of Annichi.' A much wider audience views the news clip, and the reaction of the reporter himself could change someone's perception towards the incident. I think the drama documentary would be the greater at creating change, as it shows what really happened in a lot more detail, and what did happen would stimulate certain emotions which would certainly create change, the change might not just be very widespread. The drama documentary 'Warriors' defiantly educates, informs and shocks quite a bit better than the news clip, excluding the potential to create change, in which I think they are equal. Martyn Osborne ...read more.

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