RoM – Newspapers

The three tasks we were working on in class today were as follows:

TASK 1:

Read through your group’s newspaper and mark stories / features / etc with the appropriate letter:

  • N for Needs
  • B for behaviour/attitudes
  • P for purpose

Refer to the boxes above to help you, and be prepared to justify your annotation. As a reminder, there can be more than one for each story, and you should drill down into the role (eg: Meeting needs? Which need… information, education and/or entertainment?)

TASK 2:

Take one story that you think is a perfect illustration for each role and see how it links to one (or more) of the more complex roles or purposes of the media outlined in the Spielberg Key Aspects book.

TASK 3:

Q: How does coverage of BREXIT from elsewhere differ from UK coverage?

As homework, use the internet to investigate how another European / EU country is reporting BREXIT. Ireland is an obvious starting point, but many European newspapers have English
language editions/versions (as opposed to Google translate!)

A good starting point is here:

http://www.onlinenewspapers.com/european-newspapers.htm

And a smart tactic would be to take a story in the news here (eg: BREXIT and the Irish border), and look at how a UK paper and another such as Ireland (The Irish Times) or Gibralter (Gibralter Chronicle) or any other…

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Redtop 2017 – Part 1

First slide for the Redtop / Role-of-media presentation for class.
Click the ‘super, soaraway, Sun’ to download the slides.

As promised, here’s the PDF of the first part of the Redtops slides. As I (hope I) stressed in class, these give you the numbers and facts and sundry ‘dry’ bits and pieces… you should be making your extra notes based on the examples and illustrations I give in my commentary in class. 🙂

And They’re Off…

The videos we watched in class today were:

And the Independent article about the video is here: The Story Behind Johnny Cash’s ‘Hurt’

We also looked at:

Yes, it is as bad as it looks. Kirsten Dunst (Melancholia, Spiderman, Hidden Figures) should know better…

And lastly, Evan:

We were using the Handbook  (<= Click the word to find the PDF version. It’s the first one, but you will likely want all of them at some point!) to direct our thinking. We’ll be developing this in class tomorrow. For now, if you have time, have another look at one of the videos and see if you can spot some of the denotations and connotations it uses… Enjoy!

Camera Obscura

Click to download the file

As promised, here’re the slides including the ones you’ve not yet experienced… Mwahahahaha… (Click on the clapperboard to download)

And there is (I’m afraid) a wee bit homework to keep you busy and happy over the weekend…

HOMEWORK

Watch the John Lewis ‘Monty the Penguin’ advert, and see if you can identify some of the camera shots used, and for added value, can you give a reason or justification for the choices. If you have any questions, just use the comments on the blog. 🙂

The ad is available on the John Lewis YouTube channel, and the relevant task from the full sides is here:

 

ELS MCU ECU

Here’s the slides from yesterday (and today!)… You can download them as a PDF file you can carry on your phone/tablet/pendrive/etc… or they’re always available here. 🙂

Click on BB-8 to download the PDF 🙂

Finally, here’s a link to the Empire Online article about camera shots (technically, the ELS/MCU/CU/etc refer to the framing of the scene…), and it’s illustrated with some great examples. Have a look, enjoy, and tell me if you’ve spotted any of them in the media you have consumed by leaving a comment. 🙂