Analyzing TV News

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Ever wonder why the most controversial or dramatic news stories are the first ones in a newscast? Evaluate every part of a television newscast, including the anchor's posture and facial expressions, the time allotted to each news story, and the musics and graphic throughout the program.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Use in the first weeks of a journalism or school broadcast class
  • Bring in different clips of famous newscasts and news anchors, including Walter Cronkite and Howard Cosell, as well as clips from local news broadcasts and fictional broadcasts from movies
  • Have learners compare a local newscast to one from a 24-hour news channel
  • Extend the activity to allow small groups to create their own video newscasts
Classroom Considerations

  • Be sure that your class is mature enough to handle any harsh or explicit subject matter on the nightly news
  • Part of a larger unit on media literary, but the lesson works well on its own
Pros

  • Promotes critical thinking and source evaluation
  • Provides thorough graphic organizers for learners to track all elements of the newscast
Cons

  • None