Tuesday, 16 December 2008

Year 13 - Critical Research Study Support

Thank you to all of you who have made the effort to do your essays in preparation for the Critical Research mocks this week. I have been impressed by the standard of work and the quality of research. There is still time to get stuff to me, so I will try to look at anything you pass my way this evening OR early tomorrow morning. 

I have put some stuff together on 'News Values' for George, Grant, Danni, Joey, Joe M and anyone else exploring the relationship between tabloid coverage and representations of 'Crime' 'Sport' etc. 

Every event which is reported in the news, has gone through some kind of "gatekeeping" process. How does a journalist or an editor decide what is newsworthy and what is not?

According to some media researchers, they refer to a set of so-called "News Values". These are the criteria which enable them to determine whether a "News Story" is followed up in the first place and then whether it makes it in to the news, competing against all the other possible items.

News values are those professional codes used in the selection, construction and presentation of news stories in corporately produced mainstream press and broadcasting.

News values are a result of the productive needs of industrialized news corporations. It is clear that people who work for such corporations will display mixed ambitions, allegiances, politics and abilities as individuals. Within the corporation they are subjected to an extensive division of labor. Beyond the corporation there are its competitors, and the occupational ideology of the journalist and the broadcasting profession.

Within these contexts, news values operate to produce a standard product out of the contributions of all such people, practices and beliefs.

This site explores the work of Gultang and Ruge. Many media academics have called for their list to be revised to add further values of 'Celebritisation' and 'Visability' (Giving a story high status because of its visual impact)


Another useful News site with a focus on TV News but relevant all the same to those of you exploring the Tabloid Press - the bit on Audience readings (preferred, negotiated, dominant and oppositional) is great and worthy of use in Q2 in your analysis and presentation of a debate. 

To those of you sitting the mock tomorrow, Good Luck. I look forward to reading your essays. If I think of anything else to add, I'll post it here tonight.

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