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What is a news programme? The question everyone should ask these days is whether news is really important or whether entertainment? There is no such thing as 'the news'. 'The news' depends on more than one thing.

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The 3rd piece of coursework : The Ten o'clock news 2nd draft. What is a news programme? The question everyone should ask these days is whether news is really important or whether entertainment? There is no such thing as 'the news'. 'The news' depends on more than one thing. A dictionary definition of the news is 'information about things that have happened'. In my opinion news isn't 'information about things that have happened', news can not be literally described as this statement. News is biased and information differs on depending on the writer's/ editor's opinion. However it is important that we are informed by the news because it gives us more general knowledge, and also makes us more aware of our surroundings but we mustn't be manipulated by the news that we receive. The opening of a news programme has to be dramatic, especially The News at Ten because people might be thinking of going to sleep. ITV have certainly made it, dramatic because of the different techniques that have been used to catch the viewers' attention. Their headlines are very similar to tabloid headlines such as 'School attacked as children flee'. ...read more.

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This produces a Jaws feeling, it seemed like the girls could've been attacked so easily. The crying girls will make the viewer feel sorry for them. They were shocked that school children are targeted but they will not be shocked in Northern Ireland. They also interview one of the teachers from the school. She just broke down saying 'it has to stop'. I think this plays a big part in the story because she isn't acting or anything she is just telling the truth in her opinion. The fact that the woman was crying and meaning what she said may make the viewer thinks about this story. The other people they interviewed also talked about the troubles. It was important that they weren't crying, because if they were crying, the viewer may think these interviews could've been planned. The interview a normal woman, this may be vital because it is important to show other views, otherwise the viewer may think that this whole story is biased. After all this they show one of the reporters actually witnessing the violence. Not very far being there are several petrol bombs being thrown. ...read more.

Conclusion

When Mr McDonald mention two teachers being involved the audience would be shocked and would certainly watch on. Teachers are supposed to be civilised people, they are usually middle class, and most important teach out children. All this will add to the shock of the reader. They may also think is this what comes of a respectable life? They do show a pantomime picture of the couple looking very happy, and the reporter says 'this picture was taken only three months ago'. The photo also contrasts with the current images of Farnham, which may viewer clueless why Farnham could've done this. All this would add to the interest and make them watch it. Afterwards they tell us that Farnham 'broke down in tears', and 'felt his heart been ripped out', when he killed his wife. Some of the viewers may feel sympathetic for Farnham and may think is not guilty. The other viewers may be impressed at his ability to manipulate the jury. In both cases they will keep watching. They show house taped by police tape. The tape is really the most powerful thing in that image. This is really because where there is police tape you something has gone wrong. But showing the crime scene gives the viewer a sense that they are present there. Usman Ahmed 10WLS page 1 ...read more.

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