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Different methods of reporting important international news

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English Media TV news & Newspapers The aim of this media coursework is to analyse the different methods of reporting important international news. The two methods I will be analysing are TV and newspaper (broadsheet and tabloid). I will start by analysing the Channel 4 news coverage. On the 11th of September 2001, two passenger airliners flew into the world trade centres in New York. An American Boeing 767 passenger crashed into the north tower of the world trade centre, 18 minutes later another Boeing 767 appeared on the skyline and subsequently flew into the southern tower. It was not long after the first plane crash that rescuers, paramedics and fire fighters arrived on the scene ready to aid the many thousands of people who were trapped in the blazing inferno. People were jumping out of windows, to certain deaths, in a last ditch attempt to save themselves from the flames which had rapidly engulfed a large portion of the building. An hour later the collapse of the two towers, was the 'coupe de grace' to New York burying the rescuers on the ground under a torrent of debris. As the towers collapsed the crowds, which had gathered to watch the proceedings, fled to escape the death like cloud of smoke and dust, which was rapidly engulfing the city. ...read more.

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During the Broadcast the usual advertisements, which normally grace our screens every ? 15 minutes are done away with. It is evident that the use of autocue is used as channel 4 has had 5 hours to prepare the reports and therefore can take advantage of the equipment. During the broadcast John Snow interviews a number of experts and we listen to two New York Correspondents. The expert's role is to provide information, which isn't common knowledge, his or her expertise. The dictionary definition of 'expert' is: 'One, who is skilled in any art or science, a specialist, a scientific or professional witness' In cases such as this it is difficult for the 'expert' to fulfil his or her role, this is due to the fact that the experts know just as much as the people watching the news coverage do and there isn't any new information in circulation, they can merely respond to the visual and verbal coverage and try to create the effect of meaningful debate. The experts can only share their expertise on a subject and tell the viewers as much as they know. A consensus opinion is often formulated due to the lack of hard evidence. ...read more.

Conclusion

You can tell that he isn't a front-page writer because his story is to 'flowery' and descriptive, he has written the story in a novelistic way. He uses over descriptive sentences such as: "Bam, bam, bam " "As I battled against them like a salmon swimming up stream" "Hundreds of people turned and sprinted away as if fleeing the bulls at Pamplona" He doesn't provide any background information on previous attacks; he fits the facts in amongst the rest of his report retaining the structure of a novel, on a whole the report is overly descriptive and un-interesting to read. The Times published a 40 page special on the attack. The Daily Star did a slightly better job of covering the attack it's page two report by James Wickham is more factual than the front-page report by James Bone. The reason the Daily star's report was on page two and not front page is because the front page was dominated by a full page image of the Trade centre exploding as one of the hijacked Boeing 767's crashes into it. I think that on a whole, the media has covered the attack to the best of their respective abilities, even though there was a lack of information to report on. I conclude that the attack on America was indeed without a doubt the single most important media event ever. ...read more.

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