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WJEC GCSE Media Studies TV News and News Websites Mock Exam

Barry Rainsford | Tuesday January 26, 2016

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

Unit 1 Thinking about the Media: Investigating (TV News) and Planning (Website News)

A Specimen Mock Paper developed by Edusites

2 hours 15 minutes

Section A (40)

Section B (40)

Total (80)

Additional Materials

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 Video Clip 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 TV News (40 Marks)

Study carefully the Resource Material.

The material consists of clips from TV news programmes

Answer the questions in this Answer Book.

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

BBC Main News:

ITV Main News:

  1. Name and outline five conventions of mainstream TV news. (10)
  2. Choose either the BBC or ITV title sequence and, using media language, explain how it appeals to its target audience. (10)
  3. Using examples from your research, explain what news values are and how news values are used by TV news organisations when putting together their programmes. (10)
  4. What are the challenges of online and social media news to TV news and how has TV news changed to meet these? (10)

Section B: Thinking about the Media – Planning Website News (40 Marks)

  1. A major news website is considering the layout...

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