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AQA GCSE Online Revision TV News

Rob Miller | Monday December 01, 2014

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, Hot Entries, News, More on News, Television

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What Do You Know About the Exam?

  • It is 1 ½ hours long.
  • You have to answer 4 tasks, each worth 15 marks – this means you need to spend 22 minutes equally on each question.
  • The tasks are both theoretical and practical – take a pencil, coloured pencils and a ruler into the exam with you.
  • You will be given a design sheet for the Creative Task – use it. You may be asked to design and annotate the Website Homepage of a new TV News Channel, or Storyboard the first 15 frames of a TV News item or feature, or design and annotate a Magazine Front Cover promoting your news channel, or design Promotional Items as part of a marketing campaign for your new TV News channel. Whatever you are asked to do – the annotation or labelling is as important as the drawing.
  • You need to know about the Audience of TV News, how to Market to that audience, the Genre Conventions of TV News, Alternative Platforms that news is available on, issues of Representation and Stereotyping in TV News as well as being able to respond to a Pitch.

What is the Pre Release or Preliminary Material?

  • This is a document that forms the basis of at least 2 or 3 questions in the exam – you will receive it 4 weeks before the exam, on Monday 18th May 2015.
  • When you get it, your teacher will go through it with you but only as a ‘critical friend’ – after that it is up to you to develop ideas and respond to its content.
  • It could be something like ‘develop ideas for a new TV News channel aimed at 14-19 year olds’, or you may be given details of a new TV News channel and asked to ‘explain different platforms the brand will be available on’ or ‘explain how you will market the TV News channel to its target audience’. This is what is meant by responding to a pitch and the above and below are just examples.
  • You could also be given an example of a Breakfast TV News programme and asked to compare, in terms of codes and conventions and...

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