By Pete Wall, Joanna Barker
A2 Media experiences: the fundamental Revision advisor for AQA is the must-have, self-help source for college students getting ready for AQA A2 Media experiences checks. person sections hide the next key examination subject matters: texts and contexts within the media (MED4) the construction and manufacture of reports representations style media audiences comparative severe research (MED6) texts making connections wider contexts theoretical views. Written via skilled lecturers and examiners, A2 Media experiences: the basic Revision advisor for AQA presents worthwhile suggestion and aid, and contains actions, examination questions, labored examples, revision assistance and urged assets. With this type of source, A-level scholars of media stories can't get it wrong.
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Explaining such differences is, however, a complex business based on a whole range of factors, many of which emerge in the other points you have to cover. You might like to consider for example how such factors as speed of delivery, technology, audience appeal, scheduling and regulation might determine the decisions that inform how different stories are prioritised in different media. Of course, that is not to say that a good starting point for your revision might be to collect at least one example in which you have studied how different news media have prioritised the news over a 24-hour period.
The idea of trend is important. What it means is that there is a general decline. Newspaper circulation on a daily basis may well go up as well as down. You need to identify some of the factors that can contribute to this. Obviously big, dramatic news stories will be a factor. The London bombings and 9/11 are two obvious examples. However, promotions of various sorts, free DVDs, bingo games, serialisations of biographies of celebrities can all inﬂuence circulation on a short term basis. At ﬁrst sight, question (b) is a much broader conceptually based question dealing, as it does, with the broad and potentially abstract concept of news.
The news media and the print media often style themselves as protectors of democratic freedoms by acting as guardians of our individual rights. They would argue that by being free to expose the wrong doing of individuals, corporations and governments they are protecting society. A similar argument might well be offered by the broadcast media, part of whose job is to present facts about events to the population as a whole. In doing so they are also instrumental in maintaining a healthy democracy by ensuring people stay informed about important issues.