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Legacy WJEC GCSE Media Studies TV News and News Websites Glossary

Barry Rainsford | Saturday December 05, 2015

Categories: GCSE, Eduqas (WJEC) GCSE, WJEC GCSE Media Studies, News, News Websites, Television News

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This glossary is intended to supplement the Teacher Guide, Student Workbook, and Images Appendix (see above) as part of Edusites Media’s support for the teaching of this WJEC Media Studies Unit 1 examination unit.

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,...

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