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WJEC GCSE Media Studies Newspapers and Radio News Exemplar A* Response

Rob Miller | Tuesday July 19, 2016

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Candidate Name:
Centre Number:
Candidate Number:

Media Studies

Unit 1 Thinking about the Media: Investigating and Planning

Monday 5th June 2017

Exemplar A* response developed by Edusites Media

2 hours 15 minutes

Section A (40) 38
Section B (40) 37
Total (80) 75

Additional Materials

Printed Resource Material for use with Section A

Optional: coloured pens/pencils and rulers for use with Section B

Spare paper for notes (to be provided by centre)

Instructions to Candidates


  • Write your name, centre number and candidate number in the spaces at the top of this page.
  • Answer all questions in Section A and Section B.
  • Write your answers in the spaces provided in this booklet.

Studying the Resource Material for Section A

  • You are advised to study the printed Resource Material for Section A carefully before you begin writing.

Information for Candidates

  • The number of marks is given in brackets at the end of each question or part-question.
  • You are reminded of the need for clear and accurate written communication.

Section A: Thinking about the Media – Investigating Newspapers (40 Marks)

Study carefully the Resource Material.

It consists of two newspaper front covers, one from The Guardian (24/6/16) and one from the Romford Recorder (3/6/16).

Answer the questions in this Answer Book.

All questions and tasks are repeated for you in the Answer Book (if supplied).


(a) What are the two types of newspaper represented in the Resource Material? (4)


Local Newspaper

(4 marks awarded)

(b) Describe three conventions of both types of newspaper. (6)

Broadsheets have a high ratio of text to photography including more column width for hard news stories. They also tend to have a more formal mode of address in the way they report the news and also use objective epistemologies referencing more facts and figures.

Local newspapers report mainly regional news and cover issues that are relevant to the local community. They typically...

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