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Legacy AQA GCSE Media Studies »

Richard Gent | Sunday June 05, 2016

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, Television, Game Shows

Legacy Resources

2017 AQA GCSE Media Studies

Welcome to Edusites Media’s comprehensive resources and materials covering all aspects of the AQA GCSE Media Studies Television Game Shows Specification (Summer 2017 Award).

Focussing on key areas of academic study we have everything covered – this includes in depth schemes of work, a teaching guide, student workbook, slideshow, mock exams with mark schemes, exemplar responses, case studies and interactive quizzes to kick start...

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Understanding Reality TV »

Jeremy Orlebar | Monday March 01, 2010

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, Television, Reality TV, Understanding Media, Understanding Key Topics

Andy Warhol predicted in 1968 that everyone would be famous for 15 minutes. Contemporary observers such as David Weinberger suggest that Internet technologies will make everyone famous to 15 people.  But Reality TV shows confirm to viewers that anyone can become famous to an audience of millions – well almost anyone… 

Genre

Reality television is a hybrid genre. It is like a documentary as it is a factual form concerned with investigating human behaviour and relationships...

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Understanding The Popular Press »

Jeremy Orlebar | Thursday October 08, 2009

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, News, Intro to News, Popular Press, Understanding Media, Understanding Key Topics

What is The Popular Press?

Contents

  • definitions of media language associated with newspapers
  • codes and conventions
  • areas of study
  • classroom activities
  • front page examples
  • front page quiz
  • news values
  • regulation
  • institutions
  • representations
  • audiences
  • politics and the popular press

The Popular Press refers to mass circulation national newspapers, targeted at the popular end of the market. This includes The Sun, The Daily Mirror, The Daily Express, The Daily Mail, The Daily...

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Understanding Storyboarding »

Jeremy Orlebar | Thursday September 24, 2009

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, Film, Action Adventure, Production Zone, Video Production, Skills, Television, Storyboarding, Understanding Media, Understanding Key Skills

A Level Storyboarding

Pre-production Item | Storyboard

Example Brief: Create a storyboard (and video trailer) for a TV Crime Drama

The pre-production brief is to create a storyboard. Students should create a storyboard that shows as much detail as possible including camera instructions with details of camera movement, shot duration, content, details of audio tracks and details of transitions between frames.

This guide opens with a screenshot of the first three frames of a...

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Understanding Popular Music on TV »

Jeremy Orlebar | Thursday September 24, 2009

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, Music, Television, Pop Music on TV, Understanding Media, Understanding Key Topics

Use the three image links above to access GEEVIDEO.com’s excellent archive of Pop Music on TV Clips. When you click on one of the movie clips, you will see a ‘Download Spamblocker’ advert - ignore this and click on the ‘skip’ option on top right hand corner of the screen. The video should then be ready to watch.

Anyone teaching pop music needs to ge their libary to order the fabulous comprehensive history of pop by Alan Parker called All You Need is Love. It’s coming out on...

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An Introduction to Situation Comedy »

Jeremy Orlebar | Monday June 15, 2009

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, OCR GCSE, WJEC GCSE, Other Topics, Television, Situation Comedy, Television Situation Comedy

‘The focus of this examination is institutional/ scheduling issues and audience pleasures. These pages on sit-com provide a background only to the topic. The specific issues of institution/scheduling and audience pleasures in relation to sit-com will need to be taught separately.’

Brief Definition

The British TV sitcom is a television series that derives humour from the same characters in a fixed location exploring a variety of comic plotlines including...

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Understanding Crime Drama »

Jeremy Orlebar | Saturday May 16, 2009

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, WJEC GCSE, WJEC GCSE Film Studies, WJEC GCSE Media Studies, A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2, AQA AS, OCR A Level, OCR A2, OCR AS, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, WJEC A2 Film Studies, WJEC A2 Media Studies, WJEC AS, WJEC AS Film Studies , WJEC AS Media Studies, Film, Crime Drama, Key Concepts, Genre, Other Topics, Television, Television Crime Drama, Television Drama

Television and film crime/cop drama is very popular with a wide audience. Crime Dramas seek to anchor the representations of all types of police officers, criminals and victims as ‘believable’ characters, with ‘realistic’ plot lines, set in urban locations.The genre has been taken up in the US under the heading of American Quality Televsion (AQT) - see under heading AQT.

Codes and Conventions

Crime dramas:

  • are constructed realities
  • depict constructed versions of...
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New Spec AQA Unit 1 of 6 GCSE Media Studies 8572 »

Barry Rainsford | Tuesday May 30, 2017

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE

These resources are flexible for the first term when you don’t have to choose which exam board you are pursuing.

Each term we provide a Core Unit, based on the Department for Education Media Studies GCSE subject content. (February 2016)

The four areas of this theoretical framework, are:

  • media language: how the media through their forms, codes and conventions communicate meanings
  • representation: how the media portray events, issues, individuals and social groups
  • media...
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AQA GCSE Media Studies Unit 2 Controlled Assessment: Understanding the Media »

Rob Miller | Wednesday August 24, 2016

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE

Assignment 1: Introduction to the Media

Topic: Moving Image

Key Concepts: Media Language and Audience (Students may also discuss Representation and Institutions)

This introductory assignment aims to introduce students to the analysis and interpretation of media texts through the analysis of media language and the application of media terminology. As an assignment that is introductory it is highly recommended that it is delivered before assignments 2 and 3 in year 1 of a 2...

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AQA GCSE Media Studies Unit 4 Controlled Assessment: Responding to a Brief »

Rob Miller | Wednesday August 24, 2016

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE

Summer 2017

This is a guide to the 1st June 2016 published brief for summer 2017 assessment.

Campaign: Participate. Innovate. Create

The set brief for Unit 4 is changed annually (released in June on the AQA website one year before assessment) and is worth 90 marks. The live brief is on the ‘Secure Key Materials’ section of e-AQA and teachers will need a name and password from their exams office to access it and then download the brief. The teacher can contextualise the...

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AQA GCSE Media Studies Television Game Shows Teaching Guide »

Barry Rainsford | Friday August 05, 2016

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, Television, Game Shows

Guide Navigation

  • AQA GCSE Media Studies Television Game Shows Overview Planner
  • AQA GCSE Media Studies Television Game Shows Teaching Guide
  • AQA GCSE Media Studies Television Game Shows Slides (opens in new tab)
  • AQA GCSE Media Studies Television Game Shows Student Workbook
  • AQA GCSE Media Studies Television Game Shows Glossary

Purpose

This guide is intended to supplement the Overview, Slides, Student Workbook and Glossary (see above) as part of Edusites Media's support for the...[ read full article ] »

AQA GCSE Media Studies Television Game Shows Exemplar A* Response »

Rob Miller | Monday July 18, 2016

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, Teacher Zone, Admin, Staffroom, Mocks, Television, Game Shows

General Certificate of Secondary Education Summer 2017

Media Studies

Unit 1 Investigating the Media: Television Game Shows

A* Specimen Exam Response by Edusites Media

Time allowed: 1 hour 30 minutes

Instructions

  • Use black ink or black ballpoint pen. You should use coloured pencils, fine liners and a ruler where appropriate.
  • Write the information required on the front of your answer book. The Examining Body for this paper is AQA.
  • Answer all tasks.
  • You should make sketches and...
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AQA GCSE Media Studies Television Game Shows Mock Exam Mark Scheme »

Rob Miller | Monday July 18, 2016

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, Teacher Zone, Admin, Staffroom, Mocks, Television, Game Shows

General Certificate of Secondary Education Summer 2017

AQA GCSE Media Studies Unit 1: Investigating the Media

2017 Television Game Shows Sample Exam Mark Scheme

(For use with the Edusites Media Specimen Paper)

This mark scheme is underpinned by three Assessment Objectives, applied holistically to all 6 Levels:

  1. Knowledge and Understanding
  2. Research, Planning and Presentation
  3. Production and Evaluation

Task 1

Television Game Shows are split into a range of sub genres:

  • they can...
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AQA GCSE Media Studies Television Game Shows Mock Exam »

Rob Miller | Friday July 15, 2016

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, Teacher Zone, Admin, Staffroom, Mocks, Television, Game Shows

General Certificate of Secondary Education Summer 2017

Media Studies

Unit 1 Investigating the Media: Television Game Shows

A Specimen Paper developed by Edusites Media

Time allowed: 1 hour 30 minutes

Instructions

  • Use black ink or black ballpoint pen. You should use coloured pencils, fine liners and a ruler where appropriate.
  • Write the information required on the front of your answer book. The Examining Body for this paper is AQA.
  • Answer all tasks.
  • You should make sketches...
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AQA GCSE Media Studies Television Game Shows Preliminary Material »

Rob Miller | Friday July 15, 2016

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, Teacher Zone, Admin, Staffroom, Mocks, Television, Game Shows

General Certificate of Secondary Education June 2017

Media Studies

Unit 1 Investigating the Media: Television Game Shows

Edusites Media Sample Preliminary Material

Notes to candidates

  • The following brief has been issued to help you prepare for the examination for Unit 1 Investigating the Media.
  • You are advised to read it carefully and use it to guide your preparation.
  • The preliminary material takes the form of a brief. In the examination you will be expected to respond in...
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AQA GCSE Media Studies Television Game Shows Workshop »

Rob Miller | Wednesday June 29, 2016

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, Television, Game Shows

Book A Half or Full Day Workshop in Your School

Programme Details

  • Our full or half day, interactive, visually stimulating workshops introduce, boost or revise the study of TV Game Shows – commercially successful programmes that are split into a range of sub genres to appeal to the widest possible audience.
  • This workshop focuses exclusively on the topic for AQA GCSE 2017 summer examination by analysing form and format, genre and narrative, representation, audiences,...
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AQA GCSE Media Studies Television Game Shows Slides »

Barry Rainsford | Saturday June 25, 2016

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, Television, Game Shows

Guide Navigation

  • AQA GCSE Media Studies Television Game Shows Overview Planner
  • AQA GCSE Media Studies Television Game Shows Teaching Guide
  • AQA GCSE Media Studies Television Game Shows Slides (opens in new tab)
  • AQA GCSE Media Studies Television Game Shows Student Workbook
  • AQA GCSE Media Studies Television Game Shows Glossary

AQA GCSE Media Studies Television Game Shows Slides

Click on the link below to open the slideshow.

  • AQA GCSE Media Studies Television Game Shows Slides...
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AQA GCSE Media Studies Television Game Shows Overview Planner »

Barry Rainsford | Saturday June 18, 2016

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, Television, Game Shows

Guide Navigation

  • AQA GCSE Media Studies Television Game Shows Overview Planner
  • AQA GCSE Media Studies Television Game Shows Teaching Guide
  • AQA GCSE Media Studies Television Game Shows Slides (opens in new tab)
  • AQA GCSE Media Studies Television Game Shows Student Workbook
  • AQA GCSE Media Studies Television Game Shows Glossary

Associated Resources

  • AQA GCSE Media Studies Game Shows Overview Planner.pdf

Introduction for Teachers

Game Shows have grown to become a staple of most...

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AQA GCSE Media Studies Television Game Shows Glossary »

Barry Rainsford | Thursday June 02, 2016

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, Television, Game Shows

Guide Navigation

  • AQA GCSE Media Studies Television Game Shows Overview Planner
  • AQA GCSE Media Studies Television Game Shows Teaching Guide
  • AQA GCSE Media Studies Television Game Shows Slides (opens in new tab)
  • AQA GCSE Media Studies Television Game Shows Student Workbook
  • AQA GCSE Media Studies Television Game Shows Glossary

Using this Glossary

This glossary of terms is intended for use with Unit 1 of the Edusites work pack for the 2017 AQA GCSE Media Studies examination.

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AQA GCSE Media Studies Television Game Shows Student Workbook »

Barry Rainsford | Thursday June 02, 2016

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, Television, Game Shows

Guide Navigation

  • AQA GCSE Media Studies Television Game Shows Overview Planner
  • AQA GCSE Media Studies Television Game Shows Teaching Guide
  • AQA GCSE Media Studies Television Game Shows Slides (opens in new tab)
  • AQA GCSE Media Studies Television Game Shows Student Workbook
  • AQA GCSE Media Studies Television Game Shows Glossary

Associated Resources

  • Game Show Storyboard Sheets (AQA-4810-W-TRB-PTGUSS.PDF)
  • Task 1A.docx

Introduction

This booklet is to support the preparation for...

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AQA GCSE Media Studies Television Game Shows Quiz »

Rob Miller | Wednesday June 01, 2016

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, Quizzes, Media Studies Quizzes, Television, Game Shows

  1. AQA GCSE Media Studies Television Game Shows Quiz
  2. Click on the back button to return to Edusites Media when you’ve finished using the quiz.



AQA GCSE Media Studies Science Fiction Films Teaching Guide »

Barry Rainsford | Monday April 11, 2016

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, Film, Science Fiction

Guide Navigation

  • Overview.docx
  • AQA GCSE Media Studies Science Fiction Films Resource Pack
  • AQA GCSE Media Studies Science Fiction Films Student Workbook
  • AQA GCSE Media Studies Science Fiction Films Appendix
  • AQA GCSE Media Studies Science Fiction Films Glossary

Purpose

This guide is intended to supplement the Resource Pack, Student Workbook, Appendix and Glossary (see above) as part of Edusites Media’s support for the teaching of this AQA Media Studies Unit 1 examination...

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AQA GCSE Media Studies Science Fiction Films Mock Exam Mark Scheme »

Rob Miller | Friday December 04, 2015

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, Film, Science Fiction, Hot Entries, Admin, Staffroom, Mocks

General Certificate of Secondary Education Summer 2016

Media Studies

2016 Sample Exam Mark Scheme

Science Fiction Films

Task 1

We think Science Fiction Films are commercially successful because:

  • they are high production value escapist entertainment
  • they often hybridise with other genres
  • they have an existing fan base that consume Science Fiction media on a range of platforms.

Develop the above points and also explain why you think Science Fiction films are commercially...

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AQA GCSE Media Studies Science Fiction Films Quiz »

Rob Miller | Tuesday September 15, 2015

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, Hot Entries, Quizzes, Media Studies Quizzes

  1. AQA GCSE Media Studies Science Fiction Films Quiz
  2. Click on the back button to return to Edusites Media when you’ve finished using the quiz.



AQA GCSE Media Studies Science Fictions Films Exemplar A* Response »

Rob Miller | Wednesday August 26, 2015

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, Film, Science Fiction, Admin, Staffroom, Exemplar Materials

General Certificate of Secondary Education Summer 2016

Media Studies

Unit 1 Investigating the Media: Science Fiction Films

Tuesday 24th May 2016: 2pm to 3.30pm

Exemplar A* response developed by Edusites Media

Time allowed: 1 hour 30 minutes

Instructions

  • Use black ink or black ballpoint pen. You should use coloured pencils, fine liners and a ruler where appropriate.
  • Write the information required on the front of your answer book. The Examining Body for this paper is AQA.
  • ...
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AQA GCSE Media Studies Science Fictions Films Preliminary Material »

Rob Miller | Wednesday August 26, 2015

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, Film, Science Fiction, Admin, Staffroom, Mocks

General Certificate of Secondary Education June 2016

Media Studies

Unit 1 Investigating the Media: Science Fiction Films

Edusites Media Sample Preliminary Material

To be opened and issued to candidates on or after Monday 25th April 2016

Notes to candidates

  • The following brief has been issued to help you prepare for the examination for Unit 1 Investigating the Media.
  • You are advised to read it carefully and use it to guide your preparation.
  • The preliminary material takes the...
[ read full article ] »

AQA GCSE Media Studies Science Fictions Films Mock Exam »

Rob Miller | Wednesday August 26, 2015

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, Film, Science Fiction, Admin, Staffroom, Mocks

General Certificate of Secondary Education Summer 2016

Media Studies

Unit 1 Investigating the Media: Science Fiction Films

Tuesday 24th May 2016: 2pm to 3.30pm

A Specimen Paper developed by Edusites Media

Time allowed: 1 hour 30 minutes

Instructions

  • Use black ink or black ballpoint pen. You should use coloured pencils, fine liners and a ruler where appropriate.
  • Write the information required on the front of your answer book. The Examining Body for this paper is AQA.
  • Answer...
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AQA GCSE Media Studies Interactive Science Fiction Films Resource »

Rob Miller | Friday August 21, 2015

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, Advertising, Marketing, Film, Action Adventure, Comedy, Disaster Movies, Drama, Fantasy, Film Analysis, Film Industry, Film Language, Film Promotion, Film Trailers, Horror, Independent Film, Mise-en-scene, Science Fiction, Social Realism, Thrillers, War, Key Concepts, Audience Consumption & Platforms, Digital Graphics, Audience, Genre, Ideology, Media Language, Narrative, Production, Representation & Stereotyping, Understanding Media, Understanding Key Concepts, Understanding Key Skills, Understanding Key Topics, New Media, Convergence, Digital Media, Internet, New Technologies, Skills, Textual Analysis, Starters & Teaching Ideas, Teaching Ideas & Skills Development, Television, Storyboarding, Website Analysis, Web Pages

Milan, Italy - January 26 2013: People of 501st Legion official costuming organisation take part in the Star Wars Parade wearing perfectly accurate costumes.

Welcome to this interactive resource on Science Fiction films, your Unit 1 examined topic that focuses on all areas of exam questioning. Use in conjunction with the Edusites Media Specimen Exam and Preliminary Material.

Have a look at some Science Fiction events around the country. Comic Cons have a reputation for...

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AQA GCSE Media Studies Unit 3 Exploring Media Industries Student Resource »

Rob Miller | Monday August 17, 2015

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, Film, Film Industry, Key Concepts, Audience Consumption & Platforms, Audience, Institutions, Censorship & Regulation, Ownership, Media Language, Regulation, Magazines, New Media, Integration, New Technologies, Synergy

This resource is intended to be used in conjunction with the Unit 3 Mock Exam and Insert on the Edusites subject Overview page. Click on AQA GCSE MS Unit 3 Mock Exam (and Attachments for the Exam Insert).

Who is this?

I am thinking you may recognise this company?

I am certain you will be familiar with this 2015 film

The connection is that Jurassic World (2015) is produced and distributed by Universal Studios (they own the rights to the film and pay for all the...

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AQA GCSE Media Studies Science Fiction Films Workshop »

Rob Miller | Friday July 10, 2015

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, Consultancy and Workshops, Edusites Media Student & Teacher Workshops, Film, Science Fiction, Key Concepts, Audience Consumption & Platforms, Distribution, Exhibition, Genre, Media Language, Narrative, Production, Regulation, Representation & Stereotyping, Understanding Media, Understanding Key Topics, Skills, Textual Analysis, Theory, Genre Theory

Book A Half or Full Day Workshop in Your School

Programme Details

  • Edusites Media provides visually dynamic, interactive Starter, Booster and Revision Courses on TV Science Fiction Films dedicated to, and focusing on specification requirements.
  • Students will analyse Science Fiction Films, both mainstream and independent linking with notions of genre hybridisation and institution.
  • Activities will include how to respond to a pitch e.g. marketing a new Science Fiction Film while...
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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...

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AQA GCSE Television News Workshop »

Rob Miller | Wednesday January 07, 2015

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, Hot Entries, News, Television News, Television, News (Television)

Edusites Media provides visually dynamic, interactive Starter, Booster and Revision Courses on TV News dedicated to, and focusing on specification requirements.

  • Pupils will analyse Television News, both national and regional and also news across a range of convergent platforms targeting a range of audiences.
  • Practical activities include how to respond to a pitch e.g. creating a new national TV News programme targeting a teenage audience, designing the website homepage of a...
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AQA GCSE Online Revision TV News »

Rob Miller | Monday December 01, 2014

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, Hot Entries, News, More on News, Television

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What Do You Know About the Exam?

  • It is 1 ½ hours long.
  • You have to answer 4 tasks, each worth 15 marks – this means you need to spend 22 minutes equally on each question.
  • The tasks are both theoretical and practical – take a pencil, coloured pencils and a ruler into the exam with you.
  • You will be given a design sheet for the Creative Task – use it. You may be asked to design and annotate the Website Homepage of a new TV News Channel, or...
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Exemplar AQA GCSE Lesson Plan | Introducing TV News »

Rob Miller | Friday November 14, 2014

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, Hot Entries, News, Intro to News

Associated Resources

  • Edusites Lesson Plan Template.docx

NB. Please note this is a suggested template, your school may require a different layout.

Length of Lesson (minutes): 60
Lesson Title: Introducing TV News

Context

This lesson would take place around the February Half Term, after completion of Controlled Assessment and serve as an introduction to the examined unit on TV News. It is expected that a very basic introduction will be required, based on the stereotype that 15...

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AQA GCSE Media Studies TV News D/C Grade Exemplar »

Rob Miller | Friday October 31, 2014

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, Hot Entries, News, More on News, Staffroom, Exemplar Materials

Task 1

Audience research suggests the target audience of TV News is changing because:

  • news is available on a range of different platforms and in different media.
  • there is increasingly a need to entertain a target audience as well as inform them.
  • multi-channel television means there is a broad range of competition.

Why do you think TV News struggles to reach its audience? Give examples to support your views.

(15 marks)

I don’t watch TV News myself but I know a lot of...

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Viral Advertising »

Rob Miller | Wednesday October 22, 2014

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, OCR GCSE, WJEC GCSE, WJEC GCSE Media Studies, A Level, AQA A Level, AQA AS, OCR A Level, OCR AS, WJEC A Level, WJEC AS, WJEC AS Media Studies, Advertising, Viral Advertising, Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Ideology, Hot Entries, New Media, Digital Media, Internet, Social Networking, Making Money, Synergy

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Viral advertising spreads messages, ideas and associations about a brand quickly, commonly using digital technology – in many ways viral advertising relies on the consumer to pass on information with the producer either seeding videos via YouTube, Facebook, Twitter or on many other interactive digital platforms with the consumer at the point, knowingly or unknowingly spreading the communication – viral advertising spreads like a cold virus,...

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AQA GCSE MS A Grade Exemplar Tasks 1,2 & 4 »

Rob Miller | Sunday August 24, 2014

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, Admin, Staffroom, Exemplar Materials

Unit 1 Investigating the Media - TV News

Task 1

Audience research suggests the target audience of TV News is changing because:

  • news is available on a range of different platforms and in different media.
  • there is increasingly a need to entertain a target audience as well as inform them.
  • multi-channel television means there is a broad range of competition.

Why do you think TV News struggles to reach its audience? Give examples to support your views.
(15 marks)

TV News is a...

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Newsround Case Study »

Rob Miller | Friday August 15, 2014

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Ideology, Media Language, Narrative, Hot Entries, News, News Values

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Origins and Launch

For many ‘40 somethings’, the name John Craven will be etched in the memory forever as the presenter who originated, and anchored a news show for children that has run continuously since 4th April, 1972. Back then it was called John Craven’s Newsround whereas now, ‘Newsround’ is the title of this quirky news magazine programme. Along with Doctor Who, Jackanory, Play School, Mr. Benn and Magic Roundabout, the BBC had a...

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BBC News Case Study »

Rob Miller | Thursday July 31, 2014

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Ideology, Institutions, Media Language, Narrative, Hot Entries, News, News Values, Popular Press

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Origins and Launch

BBC News is a global, recognisable brand that offers 24-hour, rolling news 365 days a year. The BBC has a pedigree as being a quality national, local and world news as part of the government’s public service television remit (PSB). Presenters have become household names over the years and have resisted criticism that the BBC is a breeding ground for Oxbridge public schoolboys and schoolgirls and that one of the feeder routes...

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TV News Al Jazeera English Case Study »

Rob Miller | Friday July 25, 2014

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Ideology, Media Language, Narrative, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, New Media, Convergence, Synergy, News, 24 Hour News, News Ownership, News Values, Popular Press

Origins and Launch

“Al Jazeera” means “The Island” in Arabic which is taken to mean the Arabian Peninsula. This is an important part of the Middle East and Arab world not least for its huge reserves of oil and natural gas and is home to 80 million citizens. Al Jazeera English is a 24-hour English language television news channel owned and funded by the House of Thani’s Al Jazeera Media Network based in Doha, Qatar. The House of Thani has been the ruling family in...

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AQA GCSE Media Studies Unit 3 Exploring Media Industries: Conglomerates »

Rob Miller | Friday January 24, 2014

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, Advertising, Marketing, More on Advertising, Viral Advertising, Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Ideology, Institutions, Intro to Institutions, Censorship & Regulation, Ownership, Media Language, Narrative, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, Magazines, More on Magazines, New Media, Convergence, Digital Media, Integration, New Technologies, Synergy

Print Magazines Conglomerate Case Study: Bauer Media Group

Bauer are a multinational media corporation whose business interests are global – H. Bauer Publishing, part of the oligopoly of magazine publishers are the magazine publishing division whose other media interests include Bauer Radio and Box Television (50% owned by C4).

The company was founded in 1875 and was owned then, and still are today exclusively by the Bauer family who are based in Hamburg, Germany. H. Bauer...

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AQA GCSE Media Studies Unit 2 CA: Advertising & Marketing »

Rob Miller | Saturday November 02, 2013

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, Advertising, Intro to Advertising, Marketing, Hot Entries, Understanding Media, Understanding Key Concepts, Understanding Key Skills, Understanding Key Topics

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Key Concepts = Media Language and Audience – “Students may also discuss Representation and Institutions”.

This introductory assignment aims to introduce students to the analysis and interpretation of media texts through the analysis of media language and the application of media terminology. As an assignment that is introductory it is highly recommended that it is delivered before assignments 2 and 3 in year 1 of a 2 year GCSE. Towards the...

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AQA GCSE Media Studies Assignment 3 - Newspaper Production »

Rob Miller | Saturday November 02, 2013

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, Hot Entries, News, Newspapers, Popular Press, Production Zone, Print Production

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To go with AQA GCSE Media Studies Assignment 3 Practical Production Evaluation Guide

For this brief students will be producing four pages of a new local or new national newspaper. If working as part of a group, no more than two students are permitted to produce four pages each.

Key Concepts = Media Language, Institution, Audience and Representation.

Structure

  • Individual Planning & Research: LOW, LIMITED SUPERVISION (15 Marks)
  • Construction:...
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AQA GCSE Media Studies Assignment 3 - Web Based Production »

Rob Miller | Saturday November 02, 2013

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, Hot Entries, New Media, Digital Media, Internet, New Technologies, Production Zone, New Media Production, Web Production, Website Analysis, Social Networking Analysis, Web Pages

For this brief students will be producing, individually four pages of a website (including the home page) for a new music artist. If working as part of a group, no more than two students are permitted to produce four pages each. For this production topic, it is recommended the students work individually.

Key Concepts underpinning = Media Language, Institution, Audience and Representation.

Structure

  • Individual Planning & Research: LOW, LIMITED SUPERVISION (15 Marks)
  • ...
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Induction Resources & Activities »

Rob Miller | Monday September 30, 2013

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, OCR GCSE, WJEC GCSE, WJEC GCSE Media Studies, A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2, AQA AS, OCR A Level, OCR A2, OCR AS, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, WJEC A2 Media Studies, WJEC AS, WJEC AS Media Studies, Nationals, BTEC Nationals, BTEC Nationals Level 2, Level 2 Creative Media Production, BTEC Nationals Level 3, Level 3 Creative Media Production, Firsts, BTEC Firsts, Key Concepts, Introductory Resources, Intro to Media Audiences, Intro to Media Institutions, Intro to Media Languages, Intro to Media Representations, Audience, Genre, Ideology, Institutions, Media Language, Narrative, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, Starters & Teaching Ideas, Teacher Zone, Admin, iTraining, Improve Your Teaching, iTraining Workshops, Staffroom, Induction

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Welcome to MediaEdu’s Induction Resources and Activities – please find below a suggested approach introducing GCSE, AS and BTEC students to studying the Media. Schemes of Work and assessment deadlines are tight these days but there is always/should always be an Induction Week when the learners can grapple with the fundamentals of the subject.

What happens next?, media charades, hangman and decorating the classroom are tried and tested and still...

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Angry Birds Independent Video Games Case Study »

Rob Miller | Monday September 16, 2013

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, Games, Computer Games, Video Games, Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Ideology, Institutions, Media Language, Narrative, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, New Media, Convergence, Digital Media, Integration, New Technologies, Synergy

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Independent Games Production and Distribution - An Institutional Context

Games like Angry Birds have become a cultural phenomenon – the game is deliberately simplistic and primarily targets a female demographic. It has benefited from the current (late August 2013) fragmentation of the computer game industry into a multi-platform marketplace where more mainstream, high profile so-called Triple A games like Call of Duty, Halo, Assassin’s Creed and...

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AQA GCSE Mock Exams »

Richard Gent | Friday August 23, 2013

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, Admin, Staffroom, Mocks

  • AQA GCSE MS Unit 3 Mock Exam
  • AQA GCSE Media Studies Unit 3 Mock Exam Attachments

 




Gaming Quiz »

Rob Miller | Wednesday February 20, 2013

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, Games, Computer Games, Machinima, Video Games, Timeline, Hot Entries, Quizzes, Media Studies Quizzes

  1. Open Gaming Quiz
  2. Click on the back button to return to MediaEdu when you’ve finished using the quiz.



2014 AQA GCSE Media Studies 2-Year Gaming Scheme »

Rob Miller | Thursday January 24, 2013

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, Games, Computer Games, Machinima, Video Games, Timeline, Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Ideology, Institutions, Media Language, Narrative, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, New Media, Convergence, Digital Media, Integration, Internet, New Technologies, Synergy

Scheme

  • Unit 1: Investigating the Media (Promotion and Marketing of Video Games)
  • Unit 2: Understanding the Media (Controlled Assessment)
  • 2014 AQA GCSE Media Studies 2-Year Gaming Scheme.doc

Associated Resources

  • World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Case Study
  • Minecraft Case Study
  • Halo 4 Case Study
  • Video Games Quiz
  • Understanding Video Games
  • An Introduction to Machinima
  • OCR AS G322 Section B The Games Industry Case Study
  • OCR AS G322 Section B The Games Industry Practice...
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AQA GCSE Media Studies Assignment 2 Cross Media Study Analytical Task: Advertising and Marketing »

Rob Miller | Thursday January 17, 2013

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, Advertising, Intro to Advertising, Marketing, More on Advertising, Viral Advertising, Key Concepts, Institutions, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, Production Zone, Print Production, Video Production, Television, Storyboarding

Compare two advertisements for the same brand across two media platforms focussing on Representation and Institution.

Please be guided by the sub headings below. This analysis and explanation should be between 1000-1200 words in total.

Below is stimulus material to show you the type of adverts that you can use in this assignment – you cannot use these as your work, you must choose your own adverts across two media platforms.

Television Advert Adidas Trainers (plus brand...

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