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Media Moments

“A democratic civilization will save itself only if it makes the language of the image into a stimulus for critical reflection, not an invitation to hypnosis.” -Umberto Eco

In Media Moments you’ll find out about television news. Just as there are architects who draw blueprints and construction workers who create buildings, there are people who put the news together. A news program is carefully structured. All the people and things that go into the mix affect the final product.


Segments of Media Moments include:

  1. Behind the Scenes — Set design is the physical elements of a news program and people behind the scenes that make it happen.

  2. Decision Makers — The News Director decides which stories will be used in the program. The Producer decides how a story will look before it gets on the air (where to put it during the program and who will tell it). The Reporters get the news and the Anchorperson reads it on the air.

  3. Constructing the News Story — First a reporter gathers the who, what, where and why of the event. Stories are then edited and given to the anchorperson to read.

  4. The Business Behind the Business — Commercials are the key to funding the news.

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