The three tasks we were working on in class today were as follows:
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?)
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.
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:
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…
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. 🙂
Here is the full slidedeck/handout for the role of media we’ve been talking about in class. Feel free to ask questions, and apply what is in the slides to the pop videos we have looked at … (Click on the beard to download the slides!)
PS: I’ll post the full slide deck tomorrow, but there’s a couple of wee exercises I want you to do first. 🙂
For the SQA, there are three aspects in particular that underpin what we consider when studying the Role of Media. Hopefully this wee video will help you understand the relationship between the three…
In essence, media companies (institutions) have purposes (profit/promotion/public service). In order to fulfil this purpose, they produce media content. An audience uses and/or interacts with this content to satisfy their need for entertainment, education or information. In consuming this media content, and audience will be influenced with regards their attitudes and behaviours. This influence may be intentional on the part of the media company, but can also have unintentional results.
For example: In order to make a profit (£), a publisher (?) produces a newspaper (?). This newspaper carries a story about refugees fleeing a middle eastern conflict in order to meet the audience need to be informed. Their intention is to influence attitudes and behaviours, specifically, they want their audience to think that refugees are illegal immigrants, to believe that they are only coming to take jobs, and that our feelings towards them should be hate-filled. This is the intentional purpose, but the unintentional purpose is to make potential readers see the newspaper as a right-wing, xenophobic hateful rag. If enough people buy the paper, this influences the publisher to produce more of the same…
Hopefully, this makes sense, but if not leave a comment or ask in class. 🙂