Week three of Media Writing introduces us to the concept of ‘news’, and canvasses the criteria of newsworthiness, otherwise known as ‘news values’. ‘News values’ help define what is worthy of news and have an influence over the researching and writing of news (CQUniversity 2015).
To help understand this media writing principle, the blog activity this week asks us to review an event or issue of interest, throughout three different mediums; broadcast, online and print. Review of the lead paragraph and different ‘news values’ throughout the different mediums will follow.
A current issue that interests me is Europe’s refugee crisis. Refugees are trying to get through to the United Kingdom via the Eurotunnel entrance in Calais, France.
This story interests me as I feel it is a concern for our global society. In my perspective, people fleeing their war torn homeland for safety, is not a crime nor should they be denied refuge.
Broadcast, Online and Print News:
A lead paragraph could be described as the basic details of an event or story: who, what, when and where (Whitaker, Ramsey & Smith 2012). The lead paragraphs below vary in how the information is written but establish the basic details of the event.
Broadcasted by Cable News Network (CNN), Thursday July 30th 2015
‘3,500 migrants try to enter Channel Tunnel to go from France to UK’
French police have increased their presence around the euro tunnel entrance, but sometimes the waves of migrants are overwhelming. Europe’s refugee crisis has escalated here in recent days.
Who: French Police, Migrants
What: Overwhelming amount of migrants
Where: Euro Tunnel Entrance
When: Recent days
The story seemingly tells itself, therefore is a single-act lead. CNN deliver a strong lead paragraph by keeping it simple to hold their audiences interest and allow main details to be easily understood (Whitaker, Ramsey & Smith 2012).
Published via theguardian.com Thursday, July 30th 2015
Calais Migrants The Guardian London
‘Calais migrants: ‘this is no place to live, but we can’t go back’
Online: The Guardian
‘As night fell on the migrant camp in Calais on Wednesday, Muslim Hussain was packing his possessions into his rucksack in preparation for his nightly quest to get on a train or lorry bound for the UK. But for the first time since he arrived in the “jungle” three months ago, the 23-year-old from Pakistan was about to make the attempt without his cousin, Sadiq.’
Who: Muslim Hussain
What: Preparing to go to Euro tunnel entrance to get on a train or lorry bound for the UK.
When: Nightfall, Wednesday
Although the event itself is hard news, the lead paragraph could be described as a soft lead. The viewer’s attention is obtained with a ‘warm up’ of small details to prepare the readers of what is to follow.
Printed in ‘The Morning Bulletin’ Friday 31st July 2015
‘French and Brits act to stop big rush of migrants’
Printed in ‘The Morning Bulletin’ Friday 31st July 2015 p.17
With thousands of migrants attempting to enter England through the tunnel in the northern French port of Calais, the British and French governments have pledged more resources to deal with the crisis.
Who: thousands of migrants
What: attempting to enter England
Where: through the northern French port, Calais
When: not established.
Throughout the various mediums, the following news values were evident for all three stories.
Controversy; this issue may cause differences of opinions throughout readers.
Conflict; there is a clash between the people seeking refuge and the authorities stopping them.
Timeliness; Sadiq Hussain’s death on July 28 marks the eighth refugee in the past two months that has died trying to cross the channel. (Taylor M, Topping A, para 4).
Currency is present; the rise in refugees started to peak at the beginning of this week (Haddad M, Yan H para 1) and is continuing to increase. (Haddad M, Yan H para 1)
The coverage by CNN and The Guardian both had impact, as the issue impacts European counties, especially France and England.
The Guardian’s lead paragraph provides interest. By introducing Sadiq Hussain’s cousin, Muslim, readers are interested to continue reading because of personal interest which creates strong emotion and interest (CQUniversity 2015).
After spending some time curating my first story on storyify about #BlackLivesMatter activist Sandra Bland, I found Storify to be a little clumsy. I edited my story several times and the editor crashed twice. After initial frustration, I can see its appeal, being able to combine different social media and websites is very useful.
Quiz three was about the 10 most common mistakes made in grammar. I found the textbook definitions vague so I found more information on the Internet. After reading the chapter and the additional research, I identified a lot of mistakes that I make when writing. I got 100% after my first attempt, which I was very pleased with.
CQUniversity 2015, COMM11007 Media Writing: Week 3 Identifying news, viewed 26 August 2015
‘French and Brits act to stop big rush of migrants’ 2015, The Morning Bulletin 31 July 2015 p. 7.
Haddad M, Yan H, 2015 ‘2,000 migrants try to storm Channel Tunnel in France to reach UK’, CNN, 28 July, viewed 31 July 2015, http://edition.cnn.com/2015/07/28/europe/france-channel-tunnel-migrants/index.html
Haddad M, Yan H, 2015 ‘3,500 migrants try to enter Channel Tunnel to go from France to UK’, CNN, 29 July, viewed 31 July 2015, http://edition.cnn.com/2015/07/29/europe/france-uk-channel-tunnel-migrants/
Taylor M, Topping A, 2015 ‘Calais migrants: ‘This is no place to live, but we can’t go back‘, The Guardian, 30July, viewed 31 July 2015 http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/jul/30/calais-migrants-this-is-no-place-to-live-but-we-cant-go-back
Whitaker, R, Ramsey, J & Smith, R 2012, Media writing: print broadcast and public relations, 4th edn, Routledge, New York.