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WJEC GCSE Media Studies Newspapers and Radio News Glossary

Barry Rainsford | Sunday June 19, 2016

Categories: GCSE, Eduqas (WJEC) GCSE, WJEC GCSE Media Studies, News, Newspapers, Radio, Radio News

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Using this Glossary

This glossary of terms is intended for use with the above resources for Unit 1 WJEC Summer 2017 GCSE Media Studies examination, News.

Purpose

To support your understanding of key terms used in the Student Workbook and in the unit of lessons. For any additional terms that you do not fully understand or may be unfamiliar to you, seek guidance and support from your teacher or contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Media Term with Explanation and Example

  • Anchorage: In Media Studies this is the fixing of meaning. A piece of text [words on a poster] or pairing of images in a product’s content that attempts to anchor (i.e. fixes to one understanding) the meaning of an image for an audience. E.g.: Happy upbeat music in the opening credits might help us understand that the programme is a comedy or light-hearted. Ominous music would suggest that the product is something that will be tense or frightening. Think of the music pads used for radio news.
  • Alignment: The way that a media product attempts to position an audience in relation to what they are being shown – the deliberate attempt to make us feel about a person, place, object, idea the way that the producer wants us to. E.g.: we may sympathise with a character if we are shown situations from their point of view, if we have shared their suffering. The opening beach sequence from Saving Private Ryan is a good example of Spielberg creating a feeling of understanding in the audience for the horror of war and what these soldiers endured to make the world a ‘better’ place for us. News stories might in...

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