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Understanding Institutions »

Jeremy Orlebar | Tuesday December 01, 2009

Categories: Key Concepts, Institutions, Understanding Media, Understanding Key Concepts, New Media, Integration

The following A Level boards: AQA, OCR, and WJEC require students to demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of media institutions. The key requirement across the syllabuses is to understand the relationship between Institutions and their media products.

Students should have knowledge and understanding of these six topics:

  1. OWNERSHIP Ways in which ownership of a media institution can affect or influence the content and distribution of its media texts.
  2. MARKETING The...
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What is Media Studies? »

Richard Gent | Wednesday November 11, 2009

Categories: Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Ideology, Institutions, Media Language, Narrative, Representation & Stereotyping, Other Topics

Media Studies isn’t easy to describe. It’s a living concept that continues to change just as technology and our experience with technology change. The purpose of Media Studies is to provide audiences with access to information no matter how it is experienced and allow people to adopt diverse critical positions.

Media Studies is desirable because its curriculum is inclusive; it recognises that the form of delivery as well as the content to be delivered needs to be studied in...

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An Introduction to Key Concepts in Media Studies »

Jeremy Orlebar | Tuesday November 10, 2009

Categories: Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Ideology, Institutions, Media Language, Narrative, Representation & Stereotyping, Intro to Key Concepts

Studying media is about watching, reading, discussing and evaluating media texts such as films, television and radio programmes, newspapers and magazines, and advertisements.

An important aspect of Media Studies is evaluating (this is called ‘reading’) a media text to find out what it is trying to say to the audience, and how that message is being communicated. The first AS module is usually known as ‘Reading the media’.

In the course of this A level you will also...

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Understanding Copyright »

David Smailes | Thursday September 24, 2009

Categories: Key Concepts, Institutions, Copyright, Understanding Media, Understanding Key Concepts, Understanding Key Topics

WHAT IS COPYRIGHT?

Copyright is literally a way of protecting the ‘right to copy’ something that someone else has created.

Copyright is an intellectual property right. It is a way of protecting the creative work – such as music, photographs or writing – from being pirated and used by someone else.

Throughout the world copyright exists. National laws cover different countries. Always check before using copyright material.

Whenever you use music in a production from...

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Understanding Regulation and Censorship »

Caroline Bagshaw | Thursday August 27, 2009

Categories: A Level, Key Concepts, Institutions, Censorship & Regulation, Understanding Media, Understanding Key Concepts, Understanding Key Topics

Why Regulate The Media?

The media now affects nearly every aspect of our lives.  It influences the products we consume, via advertising; our understanding of the world via news and documentary; our leisure via film and broadcast fiction and games; our methods of communication via the internet.  It is widely acknowledged that this dominance gives the media huge influence.

For example:

  • The Media Effects theory has achieved widespread acceptance by society.  This theory...
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OCR AS G322 Section B: Institutions and Audiences | Teaching Music »

Rob Miller | Monday September 12, 2016

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR AS, Key Concepts, Audience, Institutions, Music, Music Distribution, Music Industry, Music Promotion

Music is an audio-visual media industry studied in the same way as film, television and video games. Students need to have access to a range of case studies to draw upon, focusing in particular on one contemporary mainstream and one independent artist and also institutions.

This resource streamlines approaches, identifies past exam questions (with essay plan), recommends mainstream and independent case studies but also suggests a structure or platform in teaching the music...

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OCR AS G322 Section B: Institutions and Audiences | Teaching Film »

Rob Miller | Friday September 09, 2016

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR AS, Film, Independent Film, Mainstream, Key Concepts, Audience, Institutions

Teaching film can be daunting to a non-media specialist, but also challenging for an experienced teacher. Approaches need to cover all exam topic areas ensuring students have a range of case studies to draw upon and focusing in particular on one contemporary mainstream and one independent film.

It initially seems a lot to learn and a lot to teach. This resource streamlines approaches, identifies past exam questions, recommends mainstream and independent case studies but...

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Media Regulation »

Richard Gent | Monday January 11, 2016

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR A2, Community Q&A, Media Regulation, Key Concepts, Institutions, Censorship & Regulation, Regulation

I am looking to change the exam content that I currently teach in G325 from Media in the Online Age to Contemporary Media Regulations. Wondered if anyone had any good materials, case studies and a SOW for this unit. Thanks, Laura

I used this previously to do media regulation. Some case studies may be a bit out of date now (has to be in last 5 years) but hope you get the general gist. I love this topic so will help if needed further. The stuff is all in my dropbox link here....

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WJEC GCSE Media Studies Interactive Film Trailers and Film Posters Resource »

Rob Miller | Wednesday August 26, 2015

Categories: GCSE, WJEC GCSE, WJEC GCSE Media Studies, Advertising, Marketing, Viral Advertising, Film, Film Analysis, Film Industry, Film Language, Film Trailers, Mise-en-scene, Key Concepts, Distribution, Audience, Genre, Institutions, Censorship & Regulation, Media Language, Narrative, Regulation, Representation & Stereotyping, New Media, Digital Media, Internet, Social Networking, Making Money, New Technologies, Synergy, Posters, Film Poster Analysis, Poster Design

This resource is to be used in conjunction with the Edusites Media Specimen Exam with Exemplar Response and the Film Trailer and Film Poster Quizzes.

Section A Film Trailers

Film Trailers… What are they and why do you think they are important media to study? Have a look at the following trailers from 2014 and write down what the audience appeals are. We’ll deconstruct the first one, Gravity.

Gravity (2014) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bXgOaeDfmRQ

  • Narrative enigma...
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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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NCFE Level 1 Unit 1: Explore Interactive Media Products and Processes »

Rob Miller | Sunday August 02, 2015

Categories: Certificates, NCFE Certificates, NCFE Level 1, Key Concepts, Audience Consumption & Platforms, Digital Graphics, Institutions, Copyright, Hot Entries, Magazines, Magazine Design, Online Magazines, New Media, Digital Media, Skills, Graphic Design, Software, InDesign, Photoshop

Associated Resources

  • Magazine Cover Layout Plan.pdf
  • Music Magazine Flat Plan.pdf

Introduction

Welcome to the NCFE Level 1 Certificate in Interactive Media - to achieve this unit you will be developing a portfolio of work that includes 3 products, in response to a set Brief. The three pieces of work are:

  1. An Annotated (labelled) Research File - collecting evidence against a checklist - see below.
  2. Using PowerPoint or Prezi to make a short presentation, explaining the software...
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News of the World | NOTW Case Study »

Nick Lacey | Friday January 09, 2015

Categories: Key Concepts, Institutions, Censorship & Regulation, Ownership, Hot Entries, New Media, Convergence, Synergy, News, News Ownership, Rupert Murdoch Case Study

The Rise (and Fall?) of Rupert Murdoch

‘I’ve been telling students for the past 20 years that concentration of ownership in the media is a bad thing, but then who gives any credibility to a Mickey Mouse subject like media studies?’ Patrick Russell (letter to The Guardian, 20 July 2011)

Guide Navigation

  1. NOTW | 1. Introduction
  2. NOTW | 2. Murdoch Enters the British Newspaper Market
  3. NOTW | 3. Murdoch Buys Times Newspaper: The Failure of Regulation?
  4. NOTW | 4. Murdoch Goes...
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OCR G322: Audiences and Institution Workshop »

Rob Miller | Thursday January 08, 2015

Categories: Key Concepts, Audience, Institutions, Hot Entries

Our full or half day, interactive, visually stimulating workshops introduce pupils/students to the OCR AS Media Studies G322, Section B examined topic.

The sessions will be tailored to the media industry and texts studied, or to be studied by the centre identified in advance.This will include audio-visual analysis, defining key concepts, exploring and demystifying exam questions, embedding industry terminology and studying exemplar G322 responses. Key focus will be on...

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Breaking Bad Case Study »

Rob Miller | Monday August 18, 2014

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2, OCR A Level, OCR AS, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, WJEC A2 Media Studies, Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Ideology, Institutions, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, Television, American Quality Television (AQT)

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Institutional Factors

Breaking Bad has, in a short period of time become iconic, ‘must see TV’ that in terms of genre conventions can be categorised as Crime Drama but also as AQT (American Quality Television). The programme has eclipsed the status of critical and commercial success and become widely accepted as one of the ‘greatest television programmes of all time’ in a range of polls canvassing a broad demographic – it entered the...

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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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AQA AS Media Studies Revision Quiz »

Rob Miller | Thursday March 20, 2014

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA AS, Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Institutions, Narrative, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, Quizzes, Media Studies Quizzes

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  1. AQA AS Media Studies Revision Quiz
  2. Click on the back button to return to MediaEdu when you’ve finished using the quiz.



AQA AS Media Studies MEST1 Section A Frozen Planet Exemplar »

Caroline Bagshaw | Wednesday March 19, 2014

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA AS, Film, Documentaries, Factual, Key Concepts, Audience, Institutions, Narrative, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, Admin, Staffroom, Exemplar Materials

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Summer 2013 MEST1 Section A

The Summer 2013 AQA Media Studies A/S Level MEST 1 paper was based on a moving image clip from the BBC.  As always with these papers, students should be taught to carefully interrogate the introductory details. One way to do this is to see how well they can answer the questions without even seeing the clip!

Here they were given the following information:

You are about to see a short sequence from Frozen Planet, first...

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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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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, 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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Sherlock Holmes Case Study »

Rob Miller | Monday September 16, 2013

Categories: GCSE, OCR GCSE, Film, Action, Action Adventure, Film Analysis, Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Ideology, Institutions, Media Language, Narrative, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries

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Institutional Factors

Sherlock Holmes was released on 26th December 2009 (Boxing Day) maximising chances of commercial success by exhibiting the film during a time when cinema admissions are higher than the rest of the year – young cinemagoers are on school holiday and benefitted from the 12A certification (PG13 in the US). Sherlock Holmes is based on the character of the same name created by the prolific writer Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1830),...

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Casino Royale Case Study »

Rob Miller | Monday September 16, 2013

Categories: GCSE, OCR GCSE, Film, Action, Action Adventure, Film Analysis, Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Ideology, Institutions, Media Language, Narrative, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries

Institutional Factors

Casino Royale, the 21st Bond film arguably rebooted the James Bond franchise and has been discussed as ‘the best’, if not one of the best films in the James Bond series of 23 films (September 2013). English actor Daniel Craig appeared in his first outing as the British secret agent after securing the role in part on the strength of his performance as an unnamed businessmen turned gangster in the British crime thriller Layer Cake (2004) directed by...

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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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WJEC AS Media Studies MS1 Representation of Events | Operation Yewtree »

Rob Miller | Thursday September 12, 2013

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC AS, WJEC AS Media Studies, Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Ideology, Institutions, Media Language, Narrative, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries

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Operation Yewtree is a Police investigation, led by London’s Metropolitan Police into alleged sexual abuse, predominantly of minors that commenced on October 2012. It started after enquiries were made following the death of Sir Jimmy Savile on October 2011, a year earlier and expanded to include other high profile celebrities, mainly accused of similar offences in 1960s, into the 1970s and for some of the accused the 1980s – literally hundreds...

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AQA Media Studies MEST3 Critical Perspectives Sec A Gatsby Static Image Sample Paper & Responses »

rlsmedia | Tuesday May 28, 2013

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2, Film, Film Analysis, Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Ideology, Institutions, Media Language, Narrative, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, New Media, Convergence, Digital Media, Internet, Social Networking, New Technologies, Synergy, User Generated Content, We Media, News, More on News, 24 Hour News, Popular Press, Admin, iTraining, Improve Your Teaching, Staffroom, Exemplar Materials, Mocks

MEST3 Section A (40%)

1 hour including 15 minutes reading/viewing time (32 marks)

The first section will be based around unseen stimulus materials which may be print, e-media, audio or moving image based. The stimulus materials will be designed to be easily assimilated by candidates in the space of 15 minutes and there will be time for note-taking and essay planning. The materials will be chosen to raise issues about:

  • media concepts (form, representation, institutions,...
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AQA Media Studies MEST3 Critical Perspectives Sec A Olympics Static Image Sample Paper & Responses »

rlsmedia | Wednesday May 22, 2013

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2, Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Ideology, Institutions, Media Language, Narrative, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, New Media, Convergence, Digital Media, Internet, New Technologies, Postmodernism, User Generated Content, We Media, News, More on News, 24 Hour News, Popular Press, Admin, Staffroom, Exemplar Materials, Mocks

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MEST3 Section A (40%)

1 hour including 15 minutes reading/viewing time (32 marks)

The first section will be based around unseen stimulus materials which may be print, e-media, audio or moving image based. The stimulus materials will be designed to be easily assimilated by candidates in the space of 15 minutes and there will be time for note-taking and essay planning. The materials will be chosen to raise issues about:

  • media concepts (form,...
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AQA AS MEST1 Section A Guide & Exemplar Response »

rlsmedia | Tuesday May 14, 2013

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA AS, Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Ideology, Institutions, Media Language, Narrative, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, Admin, Staffroom, Exemplar Materials

Unit 1 Investigating Media

50% of AS, 25% of A Level, 2 Hour Written Examination 80 marks

Two Sections: Section A

The unseen text will either be a moving image or a static image. You need to do four compulsory short answer questions.

(1 hour 15 minutes including 15 minutes reading/viewing time) will consist of four short answer questions, all compulsory, relating to a piece of unseen stimulus material. The unseen material will take the form of one of the following: moving...

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AQA AS MEST1 Case Study & Exemplar Response »

rlsmedia | Tuesday May 14, 2013

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA AS, Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Ideology, Institutions, Media Language, Narrative, Representation & Stereotyping, New Media, Convergence, Internet, Social Networking, Community, Mobile Phones, Making Money, New Technologies, Synergy, User Generated Content, Admin, Staffroom, Exemplar Materials

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Unit 1 Investigating Media

50% of AS, 25% of A Level, 2 Hour Written Examination 80 Marks

Two Sections: Section A

The unseen text will either be a moving image or a static image. You need to do four compulsory short answer questions.

Section B: Case Study

You have a choice of one from two essays.

AQA Specification (2013)

Section B (45 minutes) will require a sustained response to one of a choice of two questions which will give the candidates...

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WJEC AS Media Studies MS1 Representation of Events | The Philpott Tragedy 11th May 2012 »

Rob Miller | Tuesday April 30, 2013

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC AS, WJEC AS Media Studies, Key Concepts, Institutions, Media Language, Representation & Stereotyping, News, More on News, 24 Hour News, News Values, Popular Press

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On 11th May 2012, Jade, John, Jack, Jesse and Jayden Philpott were killed in a house fire at 18 Victory Road, Allenton, Derby. Their half-brother Duwayne Philpott died in hospital three days later – all children were aged between 5 and 13.

The fire was started by their father, Mick Philpott and his accomplice Paul Mosley in an attempt to frame his ex-girlfriend Lisa Willis who had recently left him, and to gain custody of their children.

It...

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AQA Media Studies MEST3 Critical Perspectives Sec A Static Image Sample Paper & Responses »

rlsmedia | Tuesday April 30, 2013

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2, Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Ideology, Institutions, Media Language, Representation & Stereotyping, New Media, Convergence, Digital Media, Internet, Social Networking, New Technologies, Postmodernism, User Generated Content, We Media, News, More on News, 24 Hour News, Popular Press, Admin, Staffroom, Exemplar Materials, Mocks

Associated Resources

  • Static Image Sample The Sun.pdf
  • Static Image Sample Hackney Gazette.pdf

MEST3 Section A (40%)

1 hour including15 minutes reading/viewing time (32 marks)

The first section will be based around unseen stimulus materials which may be print, e-media, audio or moving image based. The stimulus materials will be designed to be easily assimilated by candidates in the space of 15 minutes and there will be time for note-taking and essay planning. The materials...

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AQA A Level Media Studies Coursework Exemplar: Evolution of the Vampire Genre »

Caroline Bagshaw | Tuesday March 05, 2013

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2, Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Institutions, Media Language, Narrative, Representation & Stereotyping, Theory, Postmodern Theory, Staffroom, Exemplar Materials

A critical investigation on why the vampire genre has evolved so dramatically.

When the vampire genre first appeared in popular fiction with Bram Stoker’s novel ‘Dracula’, written in 1897, the character of Dracula was derived from Slavic folklore, focusing on the history and culture of Transylvania. Throughout the early 1900s vampire films became more and more popular even before the screen adaptation of Dracula in 1931. During this early period, vampires took on the...

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Radio Times Magazine Case Study »

Rob Miller | Wednesday January 30, 2013

Categories: GCSE, WJEC GCSE, WJEC GCSE Media Studies, Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Ideology, Institutions, Media Language, Narrative, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, Magazines, Image Analysis, Intro to Magazines, Listings Magazines, More on Magazines, New Media, Convergence, Digital Media, Internet, Synergy

Institutional Factors and Marketing

Radio Times is a weekly Listings Magazine in terms of genre that has been published by the BBC from 1923 until 2011. It is now published by the Immediate Media Company after the merger of BBC Magazines (BBC Magazines used to be owned by the BBC’s commercial arm, BBC Worldwide) while the Immediate Media Company is established as a combined publishing house.

Radio Times is still a branded BBC publication however and its key focus is BBC...

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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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2014 WJEC GCSE Media Studies 2-Year TV Crime Drama Scheme »

Rob Miller | Thursday January 24, 2013

Categories: GCSE, WJEC GCSE, WJEC GCSE Media Studies, Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Ideology, Institutions, Media Language, Narrative, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, Television, Television Crime Drama

Scheme

  • Unit 1 - Section A: Thinking about the Media: Investigating TV Crime Drama
  • Unit 1 - Section B: Thinking about the Media: Magazines
  • Unit 2 - Creating for the Media: Investigating and Planning (Controlled Assessment)
  • 2014 WJEC GCSE Media Studies 2-Year TV Crime Drama Scheme.doc

Associated Resources

  • Lewis Case Study
  • CSI Case Study
  • New Tricks Case Study
  • Heat Magazine Case Study
  • The Big Issue Magazine Case Study
  • WJEC GCSE Media Studies TV Crime Drama Mock Exam 2014.docx
  • ...
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The Big Issue Magazine Case Study »

Rob Miller | Tuesday January 22, 2013

Categories: GCSE, WJEC GCSE, WJEC GCSE Media Studies, Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Ideology, Institutions, Media Language, Narrative, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, Magazines, Intro to Magazines, Street Magazines, New Media, Digital Media

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Institutional Factors and Marketing

First published in 1991 The Big Issue has gone from strength to strength to become the world’s most widely circulated street newspaper. It officially belongs to the hybrid genre of entertainment and social business and as such, runs regular reviews on films, book releases, theatre, music and art but no television listings – the entertainment aspect attracts advertising revenue while the editorial content is...

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Heat Magazine Case Study »

Rob Miller | Monday January 21, 2013

Categories: GCSE, WJEC GCSE, WJEC GCSE Media Studies, Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Ideology, Institutions, Media Language, Narrative, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, Magazines, Gossip Magazines, Intro to Magazines, New Media, Convergence, Digital Media, Synergy

Institutional Factors and Marketing

Heat is a weekly gossip magazine published by Bauer, one of the oligopoly of magazine publishers with a circulation of just over half a million.

When it launched in 1999 it launched as a Listings/Entertainment magazine achieving a lower than expected circulation of below 100,000 – as a result the decision was made to re-brand and reposition Heat in the marketplace as an out and out Gossip Magazine aimed at C2, D and E women.

The...

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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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Halo 4 Case Study »

Rob Miller | Tuesday January 08, 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, New Technologies, Synergy, Other Topics, Iconography

Production and Distribution

Halo is a commercially successful, science fiction FPS game that was first developed in November 2001 for Microsoft X Box. Versions were developed for Windows and MAC OS X but fundamentally it now remains exclusive to the X Box 360, the second console developed by Microsoft and as such, has received critical success for being one of the best first person shooters on a video game console. Some gamers prefer the format and mode to the successful COD...

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Minecraft Case Study »

Rob Miller | Monday December 31, 2012

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

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Production and Distribution

Minecraft is a massively commercially successful and critically acclaimed multi-platform ‘Open World’ game. In terms of genre (see ‘Genre’ below) it is a Sandbox Indie Game although key focus is on building, strategy and to a lesser extent survival. It was created by Markus ‘Notch’ Persson, a Swedish Computer Programmer who is not a traditional Games Developer which may account for its mathematical,...

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World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Case Study »

Rob Miller | Friday December 28, 2012

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, Advertising, Marketing, Viral Advertising, Games, Computer Games, Video Games, Timeline, Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Ideology, Institutions, Ownership, Media Language, Narrative, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, Other Topics, Iconography, Nostalgia

Production and Distribution

World of Warcraft is an immensely popular, established RPG that was released in 1994. Several game sets and expansions later it has 10 million subscribers with the fourth expansion Mists of Pandaria released on September 25th 2012 (the date was eagerly awaited and much promoted in the same way an Event Movie is marketed). It is the world’s most subscribed MMORPG (see below).

Technically WoW is described as a MMORPG (Massively multiplayer online...

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Authenticity in TV Documentaries »

Jeremy Orlebar | Monday November 12, 2012

Categories: Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Ideology, Institutions, Media Language, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, Television, Reality TV, Television Documentary

A recent (Oct 2012) TV documentary has shocked Britain. ITV’s Exposure on Jimmy Savile alleged that a formerly well loved DJ and charity worker was a paedophile. This has led to a police investigation, and the BBC and the government setting up independent inquiries with hundreds of people coming forward as witnesses.

This has been a most unusual reaction to a TV documentary, but it reinforces the power and relevance that well researched and produced television documentaries...

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Holby City Case Study »

Rob Miller | Monday November 05, 2012

Categories: GCSE, WJEC GCSE, WJEC GCSE Media Studies, A Level, OCR A Level, OCR AS, Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Institutions, Media Language, Narrative, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, Television, Medical Drama, Television Drama

Holby City is a BBC produced British Medical Drama set in the fictional Holby City Hospital near Bristol, close to the Welsh border. It concerns the lives and ups and downs of its staff, patients and Doctors and borrows heavily from the conventions of the soap opera (see Genre). Initially broadcast in January 1999 it is now currently in its 15th series and is aired weekly on a Tuesday night in 60 minute format in HD (from 2010) during prime time at 8pm – filming is all year...

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Glee Case Study »

Rob Miller | Monday November 05, 2012

Categories: GCSE, WJEC GCSE, WJEC GCSE Media Studies, A Level, OCR A Level, OCR AS, Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Institutions, Media Language, Narrative, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, Television, Musical Drama, Television Drama

Glee is a successful US TV Drama hybridised with the genres of comedy and musical. It was first broadcast in 2009 by mainstream network, Fox Television and currently is in its 4th series evidencing critical and commercial success. The narrative involves aspirational recording artists and performers who have enrolled in Glee Club at the fictional William McKinley High School in Ohio. Glee Club is at the bottom of the social network in this particular school – everyone is...

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Lady Gaga Case Study »

Rob Miller | Monday September 10, 2012

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR AS, Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Ideology, Institutions, Media Language, Narrative, Representation & Stereotyping, Music, Music Distribution, Music Industry, Music Promotion, Music Video, The Press, New Media, Convergence, Digital Media, Integration, Internet, Social Networking, Making Money, New Technologies, Website Analysis, Social Networking Analysis, Web Pages

Lady Gaga – Sony Music Entertainment | Universal Music Group

The music industry can be split into mainstream and independent artists with the so called ‘Big Four’ (now the Big Three) controlling the market. In a similar way that the oligopoly of film distributors control film distribution (Warners, 20th Century Fox, Paramount, Universal, Sony, Disney) mainstream music distribution is controlled by the Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment and Warner Music Group...

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The News Quiz: Radio 4 Comedy Panel Show Case Study »

Rob Miller | Tuesday August 28, 2012

Categories: GCSE, OCR GCSE, Key Concepts, Institutions, Hot Entries, Radio, Radio Comedy

For OCR GCSE Media Studies B322 (Moving Image) and B323 (Print), Section B requires pupils to have studied a range of TV and / or Radio Comedies. Questions 4 (a) and 4 (b) commonly refer to Institutional Factors underpinning the texts – Scheduling, Production, Brand Identity and Audience Pleasures.

Institutional Factors and Scheduling

The News Quiz is a BBC produced Radio Comedy that falls into the sub genre of Radio Comedy Panel Show – it is scheduled and broadcast for...

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Research on Media Institution Regulation »

Caroline Bagshaw | Friday August 17, 2012

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA AS, Key Concepts, Institutions, Censorship & Regulation

Who controls the media institutions in the UK?

Ofcom

  • Which media does Ofcom handle complaints about?
  • What aspects of a programme broadcast on commercial radio and TV can it consider?
  • What issues can it consider relating to programmes broadcast by the BBC?
  • What issues can it consider relating to sponsorship?
  • What sanctions can it impose on media institutions?
  • What is not within its remit?

Press Complaints Commission

  • In 2012, what proportion of complaints made to the PCC...
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AS Media Institutions PPT »

Caroline Bagshaw | Friday August 17, 2012

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA AS, Key Concepts, Institutions, Intro to Institutions, Censorship & Regulation, Copyright, Ownership, Hot Entries

Associated Resources

  • AS Media Institutions.ppt

NB The key facts and figures in media institutions are constantly changing. This resource provides a framework you can use to introduce the concept of institutions but it will need updating on a regular basis. It will also need a suitable moving image clip adding (the original ppt used a clip from The Bourne Identity) for the group activity on slide six.




Contemporary Regulation of the Media »

Rob Miller | Tuesday August 14, 2012

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR AS, Key Concepts, Institutions, Censorship & Regulation, Media Language, Hot Entries

This article aims to cover all of the areas of study taught as part of A2 OCR Media Studies G325, Section B topic – Contemporary Media Regulation. The following are examples of past questions from 2010-2011 papers:

  1. Evaluate arguments for and against stronger regulation of the media.
  2. To what extent can the media be regulated in the digital age?
  3. To what extent are contemporary media regulated adequately?
  4. Why is the regulation of media so complex?
  5. How far do changes to the...
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Q Print and Online Music Magazine Deconstruction »

Rob Miller | Saturday August 11, 2012

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Institutions, Media Language, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, Magazines, Music Press, Online Magazines, Music, The Press, New Media, Convergence, Synergy, Website Analysis, Social Networking Analysis, Web Pages

Q Music Magazine Print Deconstruction

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Audience identification with the iconic, recognisable masthead first appeals to consumers – taking up 15% of the front cover an enigmatic, upper case, bold, white on red, block serif letter ‘Q’  is a box on the left hand side top of the cover.

This departs from the conventions of magazine covers that normally run a masthead run along the top of the front cover. ‘Q’ is enigmatic, just like the regular...

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NME Print and Online Music Magazine Deconstruction »

Rob Miller | Friday August 10, 2012

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Institutions, Media Language, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, Magazines, Music Press, Online Magazines, Music, The Press, New Media, Convergence, Internet, Website Analysis, Social Networking Analysis, Web Pages

NME Music Magazine Print Deconstruction

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NME remains one of the longest running weekly music magazines in history after its initial publication in 1952. Originally the magazine was published in broadsheet newspaper format using newsprint , and competed for many year with titles such as Sounds (focussing on Rock and Heavy Metal genres) and Melody Maker (mainstream Pop and Chart music).

Unashamedly ‘indie’ NME has always championed the cause of...

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Drowned in Sound Case Study »

Rob Miller | Friday August 10, 2012

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Institutions, Media Language, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, Magazines, Music Press, Online Magazines, Music, Fan Websites, The Press, New Media, Convergence, Website Analysis, Social Networking Analysis, Web Pages

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URL: www.drownedinsound.com

Drowned in Sound is an independent, online music magazine that has been described as a cross between exactly that, a blog and a music social networking site. Founded by 18 year old entrepreneur, Sean Adams in 2000 it started life in 1998 as an e mail music fanzine called The Last Resort. Sean Adams re-launched it as DIS and is still the current editor and part shareholder. Although...

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