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AQA GCSE TV News Glossary of Media Language

Rob Miller | Thursday April 16, 2015

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, Key Concepts, Media Language, Hot Entries, News, Television News, Television, News (Television)

Chroma-key: The process which allows you to film a presenter in front of a blank screen and add different pictures behind (sometimes called green screen or blue screen).

Donut: On location interview in which the presenter in the studio hands over to the presenter on location. They describe the situation and interview a guest before handing back to the presenter.

Anchor/s: The main studio presenter/s.

Log: A list of recorded pictures and words usually compiled as material is filed (makes it easier to edit a news report).

Gallery: The room next to the studio where a technical team work to put the programme on air.

Monopoly: Where one company or person has overall power or control e.g. BBC, Sky and ITV are rival news providers with BBC having the monopoly on reporting local news.

Correspondent: A journalist who is an expert in a particular subject.

PSB: Public Service Broadcasting – the government asks TV broadcasters to provide a % of programming that is educational, informative or in the public interest. This includes genres like the news, weather and children’s television.

News Agency: An organisation set up to provide news material to journalists e/g/ Reuters or Associated Press.

Iconic: Well known, popular.

Mode of Address: The way a media text speaks to its audience.

Hard News: Understood as serious news e.g. politics, business, the economy, war and conflict. Soft News: Gossip, Celebrity, Sport, Entertainment.

Commissioning: The process whereby a television broadcaster pays for a programme that is often made by an independent production company. Ideas can be commissioned as well e.g. an idea for a programme.

Deadline: The time by which a journalist must file their report.

Multichannel Television: Lots of channels thanks to digital technology.

Rhetoric of Presentation: The way a presenter appears to an audience (closely linked with mode of address).

Patriarchal: Male dominated – see Sky Sports News coverage.


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