Monday, 10 October 2011

Drink Awareness News Package

News Package Assignment

"News and current affairs-based television frequently utilises "package" based content allowing moderately in-depth analysis of current newsworthy topics. This module permits the individual student to "pitch" and research such a topic in depth and produce a news package for use within a broadcast TV context."

Group 2

  • Luke
  • Kassem
  • Imogen
  • Mikael
We grouped together and started to research idea's to cover for our news package. We came up with idea's such as;

  • Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Smoking
  • Student Life

Then we all agreed to focus on Alcohol and the involvement of students and health.

We did some primary research between ourselves with on the alcohol topic which we jotted down on paper. Then we did some secondary research on the internet. We found quite a lot of useful information when doing the secondary research. I found a website which contained a lot of information which can use as coverages for the news package such as the effects of alcohol, statistics of alcohol and much more.

We are also going to use the topic Smoking, this will be our secondary idea, we gathered some information about smoking which is suitable and interesting news for our coverage.

The research we gathered was two different types of research known as Primary and Secondary research.

Primary research is where information comes directly from the source. It can also be information you collect yourself. A source of primary research would be an original document containing first hand information about a specific topic. Example of primary research techniques would be;

  • Diaries
  • Interviews
  • Photographs
  • Videos
Secondary research is where informations that someone else has collected and published. The best way to describe a source of secondary research would be information gathered from primary research and regurgitated which leaves an interpretation of someone else's analysis. Example of these research techniques would be;

  • Biographies
  • Abstracts
  • Journal Articles
  • Newspapers

Research on News Packages

Here is an example of a news package.

The start of the news package shows a general view of a BMX rider going up a ramp. A voiceover is used as well describing the sport which is related to the general view. An effect is used where the video tape is in a vintage style which will most probably be edited during post-production. A new general view video tape is shown straight after without effects this time. A voiceover explains about the sport becoming more popular and then actually reaching its olympic debut. An interview is shown after the general view. The shot used is a medium close-up for the interview and in person being interview is positioned to the right hand side of the camera looking towards the opposite side to show he is speaking to a reporter. The interview lasts for 20 seconds which is a very quick interview. Another interview is held on a BMX track and I would call this a creative shot where the subject is being involved in the background of the interview.

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